14 December 2017 Four children have been killed and at least 20 others have been injured in a crash between […]
Four children have been killed and at least 20 others have been injured in a crash between a train and a school bus in southern France.
The country’s interior ministry confirmed a further nine people were less seriously injured in the crash.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that the “circumstances of this terrible drama are still undetermined” and that two inquiries into what happened are underway.
The school bus was transporting children home from the Christian Bourquin school in the village of Millas. It was carrying around 20 children aged between 11 and 15, the local authority said.
Reports said the driver of school bus was a 48-year-old woman who was seriously injured.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “All my thoughts go to the victims of this terrible accident and their families. The government is fully mobilised to give them emergency help.”
A spokesperson for the regional train service said that the train had been travelling at around 50mph with 25 people were on board at the time of the crash. Three of them were slightly injured.