Four French children killed after train rams school bus
16 December, 2017, 19:25 | Author: Bert Pena
Six children, aged 11 to 13, have died after a regional train sliced open a school bus in southern France.
In a tweet, French President Emmanuel Macron offered his condolences: "All my thoughts for the victims of this bad accident involving a school bus, as well as their families".
Some 70 emergency workers with 10 vehicles were at the site, where a field hospital has been set up.
Nine people on the bus and three train passengers suffered minor injuries, the police said.
Recall that in early December in Germany, at least 50 people were injured as a result of collision of trains.
The Mairie of Millas has put an emergency information telephone number in place for anyone wishing for family news after the accident, on 04 68 57 35 03.
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The bus was cut in two by the force of the train.
Rail operator SNCF has modernised level crossings across France in recent years, following numerous accidents, the BBC's Chris Bockman reports from Toulouse. The barriers were reportedly lowered at the time of the accident, according to several eyewitness reports. No conclusions have yet been drawn.
The train was traveling at 80 kilometers an hour (50mph), "a normal speed at this location", the SNCF official said.
"Emergency work is still being carried out by the fire brigade, and we [the gendarmerie] are looking at both the identity of the victims and an inquiry into what happened".
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne are travelling to the site of the crash near to the town of Perpignan, around 20 miles north of France's border with Spain.
Pictures from the scene showed the bus split in two by the force of the crash. Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer is also expected on-site this morning (Friday 15). Airbus spokesman Heiko Stolzke told news agency dpa that the almost 5½-hour Airbus A380 test flight the previous day was "a standard internal Airbus test flight before the delivery of a new aircraft".
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