Train crash in France - several deaths

2013-07-12 18:45


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Paris - Several people were reported dead or injured in France Friday after a train derailed in a station about 40km south of Paris, according to local authorities.

BFM TV quoted a police union as saying eight people had been killed and several injured. There was no official confirmation of the information.

The prefecture of the Essonne region, where the accident took place, spoke of "several casualties." Part of the train was reported to have come uncoupled from the locomotive.

Part of the inter-city train was lying on its side in Bretigny-sur-Orge station, a politician at the site told BFM TV

Rescue workers were trying to free passengers from the wreckage.Author: Clare Byrne

An official for France's national railway says that a packed intercity train derailed while transporting passengers from Paris to Limoges.

It's not yet clear if anyone has been hurt.

SNCF's Jean-Paul Boulet says the train was carrying some 350 passengers when it derailed Friday evening at 17:15. (15:15 GMT) and crashed into the station at Bretigny-sur-Orge, some 20km south of Paris.

He says four carriages piled up.

He could not say whether there were any casualties. France's transport minister is heading to the site.

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