Three people died in northwestern France after a local train struck a car on a level crossing late Friday, according to authorities. The train was bound to Paris from Le Mans in Sarthe.
The accident occurred in Condé-sur-Huisne in Orne, Normandy. Officials reportedly said that the car was dragged for several hundred meters after being hit by the train. According to deputy prefect Pascal Vion, the car "seemed to have stopped in the middle of the tracks" prior to the accident at 8:20 p.m. local time (2:20 p.m. EDT), Agence France-Presse reported. One woman survived the crash after managing to escape the car, however, her three relatives were killed.
None of the 34 passengers on the train were injured, according to the BBC.
A similar accident occurred in France in April, but without any deaths. At least 30 people were injured after a passenger train hit a lorry at a level crossing in the town of Nangis, southeastern Paris. The train was reportedly carrying 350 passengers to Belfort from Paris. The collision was so powerful that five carriages of the train derailed.