Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Massif du Mont Blanc

Never posted, probably bought 1994.

Massif du Mont Blanc, 74 - Haute-Savoie.
L'Aiguille du Dru - Alt. 3754 m.

As mentioned on an earlier post, the Mont Blanc tunnel is a road tunnel in the Alps connecting Chamonix of France and Courmayeur of Italy, beneath the Mont Blanc massif. At 11.6 km, the tunnel was the longest road tunnel in the world at the time of its completion in 1965.

It runs between Courmayeur, Italy and Chamonix, France. On 24 March 1999 a truck fire started 6.7 km into the Italian part and spread to 35 other vehicles, creating intense heat and toxic fumes that killed 39 people. It lasted 53 hours.

It reopened three years later.


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