On December 14, 2017, six children died in the collision between a school bus and a train in Millas. - Pascal RODRIGUEZ / SIPA

  • The SNCF line between Perpignan and Ille-sur-Têt will reopen on May 21. She was bereaved on December 14, 2017 by a terrible accident between a bus and a train. It has been closed ever since.
  • Six college students died in the collision. The driver is the only person indicted to date in this case.

Nearly two and a half years after the fatal collision between a school bus and a train at Millas, the SNCF Perpignan - Ille-sur-Têt line will reopen on May 21. On December 14, 2017, six college students died in an accident at the level crossing located in Millas.

The railway has since been closed and placed under seal. "The order (...) made by (...) the TGI of Marseille now allows SNCF Réseau to intervene on the line with a view to its reopening," said the prefecture of the Pyrénées-Orientales in October 2019. Inspection of the he state of the line already completed (…) enables all of the operations necessary to return the line to service quickly. "

In test from May 11

With the health crisis linked to the coronavirus, work has been delayed. The line was originally scheduled to reopen in mid-March. Modernization works have been carried out. The Occitanie regional council has released an envelope of one million euros for its modernization. The crossroads where the tragedy took place was also refurbished in order to "facilitate its crossing by users (...) without cutting traffic," said the prefecture.

Due to a landslide linked to the Gloria storm, the TER will not circulate as before until Villefranche de Conflent, but will stop at Ille-sur-Têt, up to eight round trips on May 25. From May 11 and for ten days, the line will be operational with a daily return trip as a test.

The driver is the only indictment

Users expected this reopening with a mixture of impatience and misunderstanding over the duration of this closure. "We chose to restart a weekend, in this case we opted for the Ascension which offers a four-day bridge without school," said Jean-Luc Gibelin, vice-president of the Occitanie region in charge transports.

As part of the investigation into the Millas accident, the bus driver is to date the only person indicted for manslaughter.


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