French Train Derails, Killing at Least 6

Train was carrying 385 passengers

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 12, 2013 12:03 PM CDT | Updated Jul 12, 2013 3:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – An intercity train carrying at least 350 passengers from Paris to Limoges derailed today, killing at least six people and injuring more than 22, the BBC reports. The death toll was revised down from a previously reported seven. A rep for France's national railway says the train crashed into the station at Bretigny-sur-Orge, some 12 miles south of Paris. The train's third and fourth carriages derailed first, bringing others with it, he said, but couldn't yet confirm what caused the derailment.

"Shortly after departure, just as I was getting into my book, we felt a first shock that shook the carriage I was in," a passenger told the AFP, per the BBC. "Then there was a second shock and the carriage lifted up, then a third and a fourth and the carriage went over on its side." French President Francois Hollande has already visited the site of the crash, which he called a "catastrophe," promising a thorough investigation would take place, Reuters reports.

French president Francois Hollande, left, at the site of a train accident in the railway station of Bretigny-sur-Orge.   (AP Photo/Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool)
Trains are parked near Gare de Lyon station in Paris, in this file photo from Thursday, June 13, 2013. An intercity train derailed today about 12 miles south of Paris.   (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
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