Freight train with nuclear waster derails near Paris

Monday 23 December 2013 23.06
Mayor of Drancy said there had been no leak of nuclear waste after train derailed
Mayor of Drancy said there had been no leak of nuclear waste after train derailed

A rail freight wagon carrying nuclear waste has derailed at a depot in Drancy, 3km northeast of Paris.

The town’s mayor said there was no leakage of nuclear waste,

About 4,000 freight wagons carrying radioactive or chemical waste pass through the station each year, Jean-Christophe Lagarde said, calling the incident "intolerable".

France's "Europe Ecologie Les Verts" (EELV) Green party called for an end to the transportation of radioactive waste through urban areas and busy stations following the incident.

"The slightest accident can have catastrophic effects," the EELV party said in a statement.

"All (nuclear waste) transport is risky and exposes populations to unnecessary danger."