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TGV train derails in France: seven dead

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.

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.

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