Fatal French high-speed test train had children on board - company

2015-11-15 16:50
iStock

iStock

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Paris - A French high-speed train that derailed on a test run Saturday, leaving at least 10 dead and 37 injured, had "several children" on board, the rail company said Sunday.

"There were several children on board," a spokesperson for France's state rail company SNCF said, a day after the first fatal accident since TGV trains were introduced more than 30 years ago.

He added however that he was unable to say if any of the children were among those who died in the derailment in Eckwersheim, near the north-eastern city of Strasbourg.

"On the other hand, there are some among the injured," he added, but said he couldn't say if their injuries were serious.

An investigation would establish the number of people on board the train and if there were passengers who were not authorised to be there, he said.

SNCF chief Guillaume Pepy also told France Info radio that inquiries would shed light on exactly who the "accompanying people" were and how they came to be on board.

"That's not a practice that the SNCF recognises," he said, stressing "a test train is a test train".

A team of 49 technicians and rail employees were on the train, which was travelling at around 350kph  on a high-speed line as part of testing for the next generation of TGV due to go into service in early 2016, a source close to the inquiry said.

The train ended up in a canal.

The accident is thought to have happened "because of excessive speed", Dominique-Nicolas Jane, a senior official in the Alsace region, said on Saturday.

The accident is the first fatal accident since the TGV ("train grande vitesse" or high-speed train) went into service in France in 1981.

Read more on:    france

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.