Ten people were killed and 32 injured as a TGV high-speed train derailed near Eckwersheim in Northeast France, on Saturday, according to officials. The train, carrying 49 people, was going in the direction of Strasbourg when it went off tracks while crossing a bridge and the carriages fell into the Marne-Rhine canal, witnesses report.
Vue aérienne du déraillement d'une rame TGV à Eckwersheim, à l'approche de Strasbourg. Sans doute des blesssés. pic.twitter.com/JUHzQEZZPB— France 3 Alsace (@F3Alsace) 14 ноября 2015
The train burst into flames, split apart and plunged into the Marne au Rhin canal.
Nombreux blessés pris en charge par pompiers et samu pic.twitter.com/SKiF5mZ71Y— Aurélien Poivret (@AurelienPoivret) 14 ноября 2015
Spokeswoman Viviane Chevallier of the Bas-Rhin region said there were no immediate indications that Saturday's crash had anything to do with deadly terrorist attacks in Paris a day earlier.
Journalist @AurelienPoivret posting photos of the TGV crash. "Several injured" being evacuated in Eckwersheim. pic.twitter.com/4vt5svr0N7— Matthew Bennett (@matthewbennett) 14 ноября 2015
Five helicopters were deployed to evacuate the injured to hospital in the nearby city of Strasbourg. Two government ministers were on way to the site.
The rail accident took place near a small community of Eckwersheim, in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace, 10 km from the German border.