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article imageHigh speed train crashes in France

By Amanda Payne     Jul 12, 2013 in World
Paris - A train carrying 385 passengers has crashed at Bretigny-sur-Orge, just south of Paris. The train was travelling at high speed on its way to Limoges when it derailed, crashing into the platform at the station. At least seven people have died.
The BBC reports that dozens of people have been injured as the train broke in two. The crash happened at 5 p.m. local time (4 p.m. GMT). Emergency services are on the scene. Many passengers are believed to be trapped in the wreckage.
The train was travelling during rush hour and was very busy as it is a holiday weekend in France, with the country celebrating Bastille Day on Sunday.
French Interior Minister Manuel Valls was quoted by France24 as saying:
"The death toll is evolving constantly at this point and unfortunately it will probably rise. At this stage there are seven people dead, several dozen wounded and some of them are serious."
It is at this time unclear as to why the train derailed.The train broke into two with one part continuing along the track, while the other fell onto its side on the platform. Some media sources are reporting that some passengers were electrocuted as they fell onto the live rail and others were crushed. Le Parisien reports that there may have been a problem with signalling but at this time there is nothing to confirm this.
Many people who witnessed the incident have taken to Twitter to post photographs and comments.
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