View galleryDerailed train at Bretigny-sur-Orge train station near Paris. 2 minutes agoSocietyParisPARIS (AP) — A packed passenger train derailed and crashed into a station outside Paris on Friday on the eve of a major holiday weekend. At least seven people were believed killed and dozens were injured, authorities said.The crash at Bretigny-sur-Orge station was the deadliest in France in years. Some cars slid toward the station itself, crushing part of the metallic roof over the platform. Images from the scene shown on French television showed gnarled metal and shards on the platform, and debris from the crash clogging the stairwell leading beneath the platform.Officials didn’t comment on reports that some passengers may still be trapped on the train. It was unclear whether all the casualties were inside the train, or whether some had been on the platform, or how fast the train was traveling. The head of the SNCF rail authority, Guillaume Pepy, called it a „catastrophe.”The cause of the crash was under investigation. Two train cars, Nos. 3 and 4, initially derailed, then knocked the other cars off the track, Pepy said.”Some cars simply derailed, others are leaning, others fell over,” he said.Interior Minister Manuel Valls said at least seven people are believed dead and several dozen injured, but added that the casualty toll is „in constant evolution.”The SNCF said the train was carrying about 385 passengers when it derailed Friday evening at 5:15 p.m. (1515 GMT; 11:15 a.m. EDT) and crashed into the station at Bretigny-sur-Orge, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Paris. The train was headed from Paris to Limoges, a 400- (250-mile) kilometer journey and was about 20 minutes into what would have been a three-hour journey.The accident came as France is preparing to celebrate its most important national holiday, Bastille Day, on Sunday, and as masses of vacationers are heading out of Paris and other big cities to see family or on summer vacation.All trains from Paris’ Gare d’Austerlitz were suspended after the accident.A passenger speaking on France’s BFM television said the train was going at a normal speed and wasn’t meant to stop at Bretigny-sur-Orge. He described children unattended in the chaotic aftermath. He said there are swarms of emergency workers at the scene.
Seven dead as French train derails near Paris
View galleryA photo of the train derailment near Paris (Remy Catinois/Twitter) 24 minutes agoParisPARIS (Reuters) – Seven people died and several dozen were injured when a train derailed at a station in central France on Friday, 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 this stage there are seven people dead, 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 at the town of Bretigny-sur-Oise. 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 station, 26 km (16 miles) 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.(Reporting by Natalie Huet and Alexandria Sage; Writing by Catherine Bremer; editing by Mark John)