Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Train collides with school bus in 'serious' accident

Train collides with school bus in 'serious' accident

A regional train is said to have crashed into the rear of the school bus, which was carrying children aged between 13 and 17.

She added that the train normally travels at 80kph (50mph) at that location.

"It's a bad event", Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said, expressing "profound sadness". She said it would be up to an investigation to determine whether everything functioned properly at the time of the accident Thursday evening.

A train has collided with a school bus near Perpignan in southern France, killing at least three people including two children, according to French media reports. Twelve people were more lightly injured.

Photos from the scene tweeted by a local television station showed the train derailed and the bus torn in half - with first responders gathered around.

The dead and critically injured were all travelling in the bus.

A train has been involved in a fatal collision with a schoolbus near Perpignan in France
Image A train has been involved in a fatal collision with a schoolbus near Perpignan in France

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne were on their way to the scene from a meeting in the south-central city of Cahors.

Forensics experts were combing through debris at the road crossing near the town of Perpignan, close to the border with Spain, as they sought to reconstruct events in the seconds before Thursday afternoon's accident.

"All my thoughts to the victims and their families of this bad school bus accident", French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted.

Emergency services have been deployed to the site of the accident.

French officials did not immediately provide any further details about the crash.

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