France train crash: One person in critical condition and at least 60 injured after train hits tree near Montpellier

Collision sees passenger hurled from carriage

Lizzie Dearden,Shehab Khan
Wednesday 17 August 2016 16:13
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The train crashed into a tree that had fallen onto the tracks
The train crashed into a tree that had fallen onto the tracks

A train has crashed in France during violent storms, injuring at least 60 of the hundreds of passengers on board.

The train reportedly crashed into a tree that had been left on the tracks following a heavy thunderstorm.

According to preliminary reports, the train hit the obstacle, leaving the engine completely destroyed and both the bumper and windshield smashing.

Initial reports that the train had derailed were later shown to be incorrect, according to Infos H24.

At least 10 people are said to have been seriously hurt and one passenger was in a critical condition after being thrown from the train, France 3 Languedoc-Roussillon reported.

The incident took place while the TER train, which can travel up to speeds of 86mph, was in the Saint-Aunès district, near Montpellier.

Passengers took to Twitter to show the damage caused by the crash:

Emergency services rushed to the scene and evacuated several hundred people. All traffic in the region was stopped.

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