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        7/14/2013, Av 7, 5773

      French Train Company Explains Derailment

      Australian News reports the SNCF rail company of France said Friday's derailment, was caused by a connecting bar that came loose at a rail switch at the station at Bretigny-sur-Orge, about 25 kilometres south of Paris.

      The joint bar "broke away, it became detached and came out of its housing", said Pierre Izard, general manager for infrastructure.

      It "lodged itself at the center of the switch, prevented the normal progression of the train's wheels and seems to have caused the train's derailment."

      Australian News adds the company said the switch was checked on July 4 and it was immediately ordering checks of 5000 similar joints on its network.