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Last Train Victim in Norway ID’d

January 10, 2000

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ Police on Monday identified the last victim of a head-on train crash last week that killed 19 people.

The last confirmed victim was identified as Julia Sergeevna Tolotchko, 23, of Russia.

The two passenger trains crashed Tuesday near the town of Rena, about 110 miles north of Oslo. The wreckage erupted in flames, burning some of victims alive. Sixteen of those killed were Norwegians, including two children. Police previously announced that Lisa Maria Arvefors, 24, of Sweden, and Reidun Konow, 61, of Denmark, were among the dead.

On Sunday, a Norwegian National Rail Administration commission said in a preliminary report that the northbound local train, traveling about 55 mph, passed a red stop signal and that was the most likely cause of the crash. It collided with a southbound express train traveling about the same speed. The commission said neither train braked.

Police finished gathering evidence at the scene Sunday, and crews were clearing the rest of the wreckage Monday. It was not clear when the line would reopen.

Three separate commissions, including the one from the rail administration, as well as police are investigating the crash, one of the worst in Norwegian history. It may take months before all the commissions deliver final reports.

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