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TGV train derails in France: seven dead

Published 14/11/2015

Seven people have been killed after a TGV train derailed and caught fire in Eckwersheim near Strasbourg in France.

Eleven people are seriously injured. The high-speed train derailed in Eckwersheim in the Bas-Rhin department of Alsace in northeastern France mid-afternoon on Saturday. The train burst into flames, split apart and plunged into the Marne au Rhin canal.

Rescuers work at the scene where a high-speed TGV train coach and engine carriage lie in a canal in Eckwersheim near Strasbourg, northeastern France, after derailing on November 14, 2015 during tests conducted by technicians, Frenh railway operator SNCF said. At least five were killed in French high-speed train test on November 14, due to excessive speed, sources said. AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORINFREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers work at the scene where a high-speed TGV train coach and engine carriage lie in a canal in Eckwersheim near Strasbourg, northeastern France, after derailing on November 14, 2015 during tests conducted by technicians, Frenh railway operator SNCF said. At least five were killed in French high-speed train test on November 14, due to excessive speed, sources said. AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORINFREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images
A Samu rescue helicopter and ambulances stands by at the scene where a high-speed TGV train coach and engine carriage derailed into a canal in Eckwersheim near Strasbourg, northeastern France, on November 14, 2015 during tests conducted by technicians, Frenh railway operator SNCF said. At least five were killed in French high-speed train test on November 14, due to excessive speed, sources said. AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORINFREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images
A Samu rescue helicopter and ambulances stands by at the scene where a high-speed TGV train coach and engine carriage derailed into a canal in Eckwersheim near Strasbourg, northeastern France, on November 14, 2015 during tests conducted by technicians, Frenh railway operator SNCF said. At least five were killed in French high-speed train test on November 14, due to excessive speed, sources said. AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORINFREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images

Local media reports say the crash happened during a test run and that technicians were on board. The AFP news agency is quoting sources as saying the derailment happened due to "excessive speed".

Spokeswoman Viviane Chevallier of the Bas-Rhin region said there were no indications that the crash had anything to do with the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.

The injured have been taken to hospital by helicopter.

A helicopter of the French Gendarmerie stands by at the scene where a high-speed TGV train coach and engine carriage derailed into a canal in Eckwersheim near Strasbourg, northeastern France, on November 14, 2015 during tests conducted by technicians, Frenh railway operator SNCF said. At least five were killed in French high-speed train test on November 14, due to excessive speed, sources said. AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORINFREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images
A helicopter of the French Gendarmerie stands by at the scene where a high-speed TGV train coach and engine carriage derailed into a canal in Eckwersheim near Strasbourg, northeastern France, on November 14, 2015 during tests conducted by technicians, Frenh railway operator SNCF said. At least five were killed in French high-speed train test on November 14, due to excessive speed, sources said. AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORINFREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images

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