Passenger Train Derailment Near Paris Kills At Least 8

on July 12 2013 12:51 PM

[UPDATE 3:10 p.m. EDT] French President Francois Hollande arrived at the site of the fatal train derailment south of Paris Friday evening, reports Europe1. The president of the state-owned SNCF rail company said: “The trains on this line are the oldest and the most vulnerable [in France].”

[UPDATE 1:10 p.m. EDT] The French Interior Ministry says the death toll is seven from Friday's train derailment near Paris, but that the death toll is "in constant evolution," according to the Associated Press. Various French media are reporting six or seven dead; the toll had been put at eight initially. The accident took place at a yrain station in the town of Bretigny-sur-Orge, about 12 miles south of Paris. The SNCF national rail company said the seven-car train was carrying 385 people. Four cars piled onto each other after the train's engine derailed. 

Original story begins here: 

A train derailed about 12 miles south of Paris on Friday afternoon local time leaving at least eight dead. The French Interior Ministry said on its website that it is preparing for more victims.

Le Monde reported that the train, operated by state owned SNCF Group, was on its way from the capital to Limoges, about 260 miles to the south. Authorities have only started attempting to determine the reason for the accident.

A photo on Twitter shows a car smashed against a station's platform roof.

Le Parisien reported eight people died from being “electrocuted and crushed” at about 5:15 p.m. after four cars of a seven-car passenger train carrying about 350 people jumped the tracks. 

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