BOGUS TRAIN WRECK CAUSES PANIC
Wednesday March 17th, 2010
French rail company, SNFC caused panic when they mistakenly placed a statement on its web site saying over 100 people had died in a train accident in Macon, Burgundy.
The false report was part of a training exercise designed to monitor staff responses to a massive rail accident. However, due to a staff blunder, the statement about an explosion on a high speed train travelling between Paris to Dijon was accidentally posted on the official SNCF web site claiming there had been 102 deaths and 380 injuries.
The mistake came to light when the railways operatorís phone lines were flooded with calls from the press. They has since released a statement confirming that the accident never happened. They apologised for any unnecessary stress caused and said that SNCF were obliged to practise its emergency procedures for the safety of its passengers.
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