Saturday 27th October, 2018, the 880 passengers of an SNCF Intercités train circulating between Paris and Toulouse were evacuated, in Creuse, following a false alert to the suspicious package.
The passengers of the Intercités 3645 train , which ran from Paris Austerlitz to Toulouse Matabiau , will probably remember this journey for a long time … On Saturday 27 October 2018, about three hours after the departure of the train, 880 passengers were evacuated at the La Souterraine station , around 17:30, in the department of Creuse .
An abandoned luggage
The reason ? The presence of a suspicious package , an abandoned suitcase that has not found ownership, despite several calls from the SNCF , reports France Bleu Creuse , who reports the facts. The Vigipirate plan was then applied, thus leading to the interruption of the traffic, the time of the intervention of the specialised teams.
@SNCF bonjour. Passagers de l’intercités 3645, partis de Paris Austerlitz a 14h35 en direction de Toulouse? Tous les passagers sont débarqués du train sans explications. Pouvez-vous m’en donner? La communication c’est vraiment pas votre fort… il faut communiquer!!!! pic.twitter.com/L5KkBlElQk
— André Le Nôtre (@AndrLeNtre) 27 October 2018
While waiting for a bomb disposal operation to be carried out, because of the cool temperatures, the passengers were gathered in a cultural center of the municipality, located a few hundred meters from the station. Water, hot drinks and survival blankets were distributed.
Two hours later, a passenger recognises her luggage …
But after more than two hours, around 19:40, a passenger of the train recognised her suitcase on a picture of the gendarmerie … “The team of bomb disposal squad en route in a helicopter of La Rochelle around 7.15 pm turned around, any suspicion being dismissed “, Specify our colleagues. The train finally left, three hours late …