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A commuter train has crashed in Bretigny-sur-Orge, which is located about 16 miles south of the center of Paris. Early reports listed at least seven people killed and several dozen more injured. The death toll was recently updated to eight.
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According to France24,
Seven people died and several dozen were injured when a packed commuter train derailed at a station in Brétigny-sur-Orge, a southern suburb of Paris, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Friday evening.
“The death toll is evolving constantly at this point and unfortunately it will probably rise,” Valls said. “At this stage there are seven people dead, several dozen wounded and some of them are serious.”
The packed train, en route from Paris to the central city of Limoges, was carrying some 350 passengers when it derailed on Friday evening at 5.15pm.
Precise details remain unclear but early media reports indicated that passengers were trapped in the train and that some had been electrocuted.
“The train came in to the station at high speed and it split in two for reasons that have not yet been established,” a police source told AFP. “One half continued to move along, while the other was left on its side by the platform.”