Illustration of a level crossing and a traffic sign in Ille-et-Vilaine. - C. Allain / 20 Minutes

The Rennes Court of Appeal confirmed on Tuesday the SNCF's conviction for manslaughter after an accident that took place in 2006 in La Roche-Maurice, in Finistère, reports Le Télégramme . Several witnesses stated that the barriers closing access to the crossing were not lowered when the train arrived. A 42-year-old woman who crossed the tracks by car died.

Fourteen years after the fatal accident, justice confirmed the decision taken at first instance in October 2016 to condemn the SNCF for manslaughter. A fine of 200,000 euros has been imposed, to which must be added 135,000 euros in damages which the railway company must pay to the family of the victim.

The family lawyer said he was satisfied with this conviction, reminding France 3 Bretagne that the SNCF had advanced the thesis of suicide at the start of the investigation. The courts considered that it was indeed a technical problem which had prevented the barriers from being closed.


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