Guibert Rigah, an engineer from Martinique was buried yesterday in the landslide of a drilling site near the SNCF tracks of a bridge in Massy-Palaiseau (Essonne). A judicial inquiry is opened to search for the causes of death.
The body of the SNCF Réseau engineer who was buried on Sunday around 4:30 p.m. had not yet been “recovered” Monday shortly before 9 a.m., the Essonne firefighters told AFP.
The fifty-year-old was caught in the landslide of a drilling site near the tracks on the construction site of a bridge in Massy-Palaiseau (Essonne). A judicial inquiry has been opened to find the causes of death.
The railway unions, CGT, Unsa, CFDT, offered their condolences to the family, and asked that light be shed on the circumstances of the accident.
“The safety of personnel and traffic must remain an absolute priority,” reacted the CGT-Cheminots. The Unsa “demanded that lessons be learned, because it will never accept fate”.
TGV traffic resumed “almost normally” Monday according to SNCF, the day after the interruption of links between Paris Montparnasse and the South-West, even if some users still had to be patient to reach their destination.
TGV traffic was interrupted late Sunday afternoon between Paris-Montparnasse station and the South West, after this accident which caused the death of a person.
Side traffic, the SNCF announced a service “almost normal” from Monday morning.
“All the teams remained mobilized last night to be able to reposition the TGV trainsets, the personnel, in the right place, at the right time, so that we can ensure an almost normal service,” a spokesperson for AFP told AFP. the SNCF.
The Minister Delegate for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, who came on site, announced the resumption of traffic on Sunday evening.
SNCF estimated that there were “very few cancellations” of trains, recorded in particular from the provinces.
At Bordeaux station, the early morning was still difficult. An Ouigo train which was due to leave a little before 9 a.m. was 1h10 late, another at 10 a.m. has been canceled, noted an AFP journalist. And in the Paris-Bordeaux / Toulouse direction, all the trains were late, from 30 minutes to over an hour.
On an information panel at the station, a message warned that “since yesterday a landslide has severely disrupted traffic on the high-speed line” Atlantic.
“The reuse of the trains could not be done normally. Significant delays are to be expected,” he said.
The traffic seemed to become more fluid at the end of the morning.
– “Tired” –
The confusion prompted many users, who were waiting for a specially chartered train from Bordeaux to Paris, scheduled for 10:21 a.m. but still not posted at 11 a.m., to board the Toulouse-Paris train that left shortly after 11 a.m. from Bordeaux, forcing them to travel. standing, according to the AFP journalist.
At the Paris-Montparnasse station, the line for the ticket office extended almost to the entrance of the station at the end of the morning. “It’s nothing compared to last night,” says Omayma, 24, who is looking to take a train to Châtellerault. “People were all on top of each other, there were arguments, it took up the whole hall!” The young woman, diabetic, waited until 1:30 in the morning without eating before being redirected to a hotel, the cost of which was covered by the SNCF.
Next to her, Yvonne, 70, is waiting to be able to take a train to Royan, but “some are already full”. “Even if we have to wait until tonight to get home, I will wait,” she says.
Sitting on their bags, Tania, 39, and her three children, aged 6 to 17, were waiting for the train to Poitiers, scheduled for 12:24, to return home to Châtellerault, after a vacation in the capital. They arrived at 7:00 am at the station. Their train the day before was canceled late, as was the one they had to take at 7:24 am. “We are tired,” whispered Tania.
On the notice board a little before 12:30 p.m., the return to normal was confirmed. All departing trains were announced on time, while on the arrival side the Hendaye train was 50 minutes late – but for abandoned luggage.
Quentin, 27, came from Vitré on Sunday, near Rennes, to have dinner with friends. Arrived four hours late, the project fell through. “But hey, when you know it’s because someone died, you put it into perspective,” he said. His return train is announced on time.