Train collides with school bus in 'serious' accident

Train collides with school bus in 'serious' accident

The bus - which was carrying youngsters between 13 and 17-years-old between a secondary school in Millas and the communities of Saint-Feliu-D'Amont and Saint-Feliu-d'Avall - was cut in two and "shredded" by the collision, according to witnesses.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was on an airplane en route. She said 25 people were on the train at the time of the crash, and are "totally shocked".

At least four children were killed and 20 people injured, seven seriously, on Thursday when a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing in southern France.

She said that the crossing is "well-equipped" with flashing lights and the latest technology.

The rescue efforts began shortly after the crash, with 70 emergency workers and four helicopters in the area.

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Nine other people on the bus and three on the train had less severe injuries. Authorities are now investigating the accident and will soon interview the driver of the bus.

The accident occurred at about 4 p.m. close to the village of Millas as the children were being taken home at the end of school.

Vignes said he could not say whether the railway barriers meant to stop vehicles from driving onto the tracks when a train is coming were open or closed.

French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne described the incident as a "terrible accident", saying Paris has already mobilized state services to help the victims. The number of dead and injured was not confirmed. However, authorities have yet to announce whether the incident involved casualties.

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