Paris – Val-de-Marne: an accident between the T9 and a bus leaves thirteen injured at Porte de Choisy

Paris – Val-de-Marne: an accident between the T9 and a bus leaves thirteen injured at Porte de Choisy
Paris – Val-de-Marne: an accident between the T9 and a bus leaves thirteen injured at Porte de Choisy

This is a very rare accident… which fortunately only caused minor injuries. On Tuesday 9 July early in the afternoon, a tram on line T9 (Orly-Porte de Choisy), operated by Keolis, came off the tracks and hit the back of a RATP bus on line 323, which was passing nearby. The collision occurred in Ivry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne), at the Verdun stop, shortly before Porte de Choisy, the terminus of the line. Both vehicles were carrying many passengers.

According to the firefighters, who quickly arrived on the scene, thirteen of them were injured. Contacted by Le Parisien, Keolis, the SNCF subsidiary operating the T9 tram line, stated that the accident caused “about ten injuries on board the bus, and one on board the tram, the driver”. Victims of falls or bruises following the impact, none of them were seriously injured. The mayor (PS) of the 13th arrondissement, Jérôme Coumet, went to the scene.

T9 traffic was immediately interrupted in both directions, from Paris to Mac Val in Vitry-sur-Seine. However, tram traffic was maintained beyond that, up to the Orly terminus. Replacement buses were put in place on the section closed after the accident. Traffic was expected to resume on the section around 10 p.m. The damaged train must be put back on the rails and towed to the depot.

Already an accident on July 5th

The causes of the accident and the tram derailment have not yet been determined. RATP has indicated that the bus driver’s alcohol and drug tests were negative. The authority has activated its victim assistance and support unit. A police investigation has been opened and the president of Île-de-France Mobilités, Valérie Pécresse, has asked Keolis for a report on the accident.

Coincidence or the law of series? The T9 tram line had already been affected by an accident less than five days ago. On Friday July 5, during the morning rush hour, two trams following each other on the line collided as they arrived at a station in Orly. The collision left nine people with minor injuries, including two children. The reasons for this incomprehensible collision are not yet known.

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