Fatal Truck Blaze Shuts Alpine Tunnel As Damage Is Probed

June 2005
ENR: Engineering News-Record;6/13/2005, Vol. 254 Issue 23, p13
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This article reports that two men died and over 15 were affected by fumes during a six-hour truck fire in the 12.9-kilometer-long Fréjus Alpine tunnel between France and Italy on June 4, 2005. The tunnel was closed indefinitely while judicial and technical investigations were launched. A truck carrying tires caught fire for unknown reasons 5.6 km from the northern portal. This is the second recent fire in the tunnel following a non-fatal incident in 2000, she adds. Opened in 1980, the tunnel runs between Modane, France, and Bardonecchia, Italy, on the Lyons-Turin corridor, under up to 1.7 km of rock.


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