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September 01, 1985

A train engineer was charged with involuntary manslaughter for failing to slow a passenger train that derailed on a curve near Argenton-Sur-Creuse, about 186 miles southwest of Paris, and was hit moments later by a mail train, killing 43 passengers and injuring 85. Engineer Jean-Yves Brisset, 37, was arrested at the scene following the Saturday crash for allegedly ignoring a signal instructing him to slow his train to 20 m.p.h. because of repair work to tracks. Two cars of Brisset's 14-car train, travelling at 65 m.p.h., left the tracks and were struck by the mail train travelling on parallel tracks.

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