Train crash kills 10 in France

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Two trains collided today in northeastern France close to the border with Luxembourg, killing 10 people, authorities said.

The crash at Zoufftgen, about 12 miles south of Luxembourg, involved a passenger train and a freight train colliding head-on, said Philippe Mirville, a spokesman for French rail operator SNCF.

The passenger train was traveling from Luxembourg to the French city of Nancy, he said. The train line it was travelling on was being repaired, so it switched onto a second track, hitting the oncoming freight train, he said.

Nine of those killed were aboard the train, said authorities for the Lorraine region of northeastern France. French Transport Minister Dominique Perben was rushing to the scene. The crash occurred just before midday.