On the 11th of November, 2000, a fire began on board a train carrying passengers up to a ski resort in Kaprun, Austria. Automated safety systems brought the train to a halt in a tunnel midway to its destination – while almost at the same moment the flames destroyed the hydraulic system which controlled the doors. The 162 passengers on board were now trapped twice over – locked inside a burning train that was, itself, stalled inside a smoke-filled tunnel. Despite valiant efforts on the part of many on board, the vast majority of passengers would not survive.
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CORRECTIONS: At one point in this video I mistakenly give the height of Mount Kitzsteinhorn as "3,000 metres (or around 5,000 feet)". This is an incorrect conversion - I should have said "10,000 feet".