Four children were killed during a collision between a train and school bus in the south of France today.
Nineteen others were injured in the accident. Seven of them are in critical condition. That was announced by the French Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday evening.
The train would have rammed the bus at a railroad crossing outside of Perpignan. It is still unclear how that could happen. “All emergency services have been mobilized and a crisis coordination center has been set up,” said a local official.
According to the national railway company, the train was traveling at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour at the time of the collision. There were 25 people on board of the train. Three of them were slightly injured. The seriously injured victims were all on the bus. There were sixteen students on the bus with ages ranging from thirteen to seventeen years.
Emergency services mobilizing after collision between train and school bus in France.
The French minister of Transport Élisabeth Borne called the collision “a terrible accident”. She said on Twitter to travel to the place of the collision. Later on, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also announced via the online platform that he was on the spot.
President Emmanuel Macron has now responded on Twitter about the accident. “All my thoughts go out to the victims of this terrible accident and their families,” he said.
Toutes mes pensées pour les victimes de ce terrible accident d’un bus scolaire et pour leurs familles. La mobilisation de l’État est totale pour leur porter secours.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) 14 december 2017