Times Colonist

Train hits bus, 7 children killed


PARIS — Seven children were killed when a train collided with a school bus at a level crossing in eastern France yesterday, French authoritie­s said. Three people were seriously hurt and 24 suffered less serious injuries, police said. Fifty pupils from a school in the small town of Margencel, five parents and the driver were on board the bus, which was taking the children on a school trip to a local historical site. The children were believed to be 12 or 13 years old. The accident occurred just before 2p.m. when a regional train struck the bus at a level crossing at Mesinges, near the town of Allinges in the mountainou­s Haute Savoie area near the border with Switzerlan­d.

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