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Train Pulls Into Station With Biker's Dead Body Pinned to Front

Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 09:35 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Passengers waiting on the platform at a French metro stop were horrified over the weekend when a train pulled into the station with the dead body of a bicyclist pinned to the front of it.

The driver of the high-speed TGV train apparently didn’t realize that the locomotive had struck a bicyclist as it zoomed through Petit-Croix, near Belfort in eastern France, on Sunday, the Daily Mail reported.

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The train then carried the victim's body 25 miles to the end-of-the-line stop in Mulhouse, where those on the platform noticed and alerted authorities.

"It was an upsetting sight," a spokesman for SNCF, France's national railway, told The Local. "The body was stuck on to the front of the train, but out of the vision of those in the driver's car."

Officials later recovered the unidentified victim's bicycle near the Petit-Croix station, though it's not clear whether the man intended to be hit by the train or if it was an accident.

Many wondered how the train driver didn’t notice that he'd hit a person.

"The kinetic energy of a train is so great that a shunt could go unnoticed," an SNCF spokesman told The Local. "If there isn’t any debris left on the sides upon impact, you wouldn’t be aware of it."

A different train conductor, named Michele, has traveled the track many times and detailed how easy it is for an accident to go unnoticed.

"After the level crossing the track is straight, but before it there are two curves, so we see nothing at all," he told The Local. "This is an area with speed transitions, and we have a lot of manipulation to do inside."

"So we are looking at the speed controls and at the electrical equipment," he added. "We cannot see a pedestrian by the side of the tracks. If someone throws himself under the train we are completely helpless. This is a train, not a wheelbarrow. It cannot stop in 100 meters."

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