7 killed as train de­rails near Paris

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PARIS: At least seven peo­ple died and sev­eral dozen were in­jured when a train de­railed at a sta­tion in cen­tral France yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, the In­te­rior Min­istry said, adding the death toll could rise.

“The death toll is evolv­ing con­stantly at this point and un­for­tu­nately it will prob­a­bly rise,” In­te­rior Min­is­ter Manuel Valls said at pub­li­ca­tion time last night.

“At this stage there are seven peo­ple dead and sev­eral dozen wounded, and some of them are se­ri­ous.”

The train – a re­gional ser­vice that trav­els more slowly than France’s TGV ex­press trains – veered off the track as it pulled into the sta­tion in the town of Bretigny-sur-Orge. It was en route from Paris to the city of Li­mo­ges.

Pas­sen­gers who spoke to French me­dia from the scene said it was trav­el­ling un­usu­ally fast as it ap­proached the sta­tion.

TV im­ages showed one of the car­riages smashed against a plat­form at Bretigny-sur-Orge, 26km south of Paris.

Trapped pas­sen­gers were still be­ing helped to safety.

“Most of the peo­ple who suf­fered mi­nor in­juries have been taken care of. We are go­ing to have to empty the car­riages com­pletely to see if there are vic­tims or not,” said lo­cal law­maker Michel Pouzol. – Reuters

DEADLY CRASH: A fire­man and a res­cue worker re­move an in­jured man af­ter an in­ter­city train crash at the Bretigny-sur-Orge sta­tion near Paris yes­ter­day.

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