Bioče Train Disaster

The Bioče train disaster was a train crash on January 23, 2006 in Montenegro.

At least 45 people, including five children, were killed and another 184 injured. It was the worst train disaster in Montenegrin history.

It occurred shortly after 16:00 local time (15:00 GMT) about 10 km north of the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica on the Belgrade-Bar railway, renowned as one of the most scenic lines in Europe. A local train carrying around 300 people from Bijelo Polje in the north of Montenegro to the Adriatic Sea port of Bar derailed above a 100 m-deep ravine above the Morača river, into which it fell. Many of the casualties were said to be children returning from a skiing holiday in the north.

According to the Montenegrin Interior Minister, Jusuf Kalamperović, the accident was caused by a failure in the braking system. Minister of Transport Andrija Lompar and Director of Montenegro Railways Ranko Medenica immediately resigned over the accident, and train driver Slobodan Drobnjak was arrested on suspicion of negligence.

At least 44 people were killed when a passenger train plunged into a ravine in southern Montenegro.

More than 180 people were injured one of the worst rail accidents in Montenegro's history.

The disaster happened shortly after 1600 (1500 GMT) on Monday at Bioce, about 10km (six miles) north of the capital Podgorica.

Interior Minister Jusuf Kalamperovic said it was caused by a failure in the train's braking system.

A passenger train has derailed and plunged down an embankment outside Montenegro's capital, Podgorica, on Monday, killing 41 people aboard and injuring more than 180 others, a government spokeswoman has said.

Fourteen of the 184 people reported hurt were in critical condition, and 90 children were among the injured, government spokeswoman Olivera Djukanovic said.

The train was traveling from Bar, on the Adriatic Sea, to Bijelo Polje when it derailed and skidded 50 meters (yards) down an embankment, she said.