The circulation of trains between France and Italy, in the Alps region, continues to be interrupted this Monday (28) after a rockslide and landslide in the city of Saint-André, in the central west of France.
The landslide occurred this Sunday (27), around 5:15 pm local time (12:15 pm in Brasilia). Several blocks of rock fell on a protection network installed on a road, according to a statement from the Secretariat of Public Security in the region.
Images released on social networks show the immense cloud of dust that took over the road as two cars and a bus passed. No one was hurt. The RD 1006 road and the A 43 road, which connect Savoy to other French regions, were also blocked.
The landslide caused the interruption of the circulation of trains between France and Italy, on the line that connects the French city of Chambéry to the Italian Turin. It also disrupts regional train traffic, according to SNCF, the French train company. The railway line must remain closed at least until Wednesday (30).
French Transport Minister Clément Beaune said it would take several days for the situation to return to normal. “After the collapse, our public services are mobilized to restore road and rail traffic as quickly as possible. Safety is our priority,” he wrote this Monday on Platform X, formerly Twitter.
Vehicle traffic was also stopped in the Frejus tunnel between France and Italy. Trucks will have to detour via the A8 motorway or the Mont Blanc tunnel.