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Four children are dead following a crash between a school bus and a train in southern France.
The French interior ministry confirmed that four teenage children had died. It was reported by Local media that seven other people had been seriously injured, with a further twelve lightly hurt in the incident.
In a tweet, the Pyrenees-Orientales authority said that the collision happened on Thursday afternoon on a railway crossing located at the small town of Millas, around nine miles west of Perpignan and is close to the border with Spain.
Edouard Philippe, the prime minister of the country, and Elizabeth Borne, the transport minister, said that they would immediately travel to the crash site.
“Emergency and public services are fully mobilised,” said Borne on Twitter, saying that the crash was a “terrible accident.”
In a tweet, President Emmanuel Macron stated: “All my thoughts for the victims of this terrible accident involving a school bus, as well as their families. The state is fully mobilised to help them.”
An image that was posted by France Bleu revealed that the white bus had been smashed in half in the crash.
The said vehicle was carrying children that are aged between 13 and 17.
A spokeswoman from SNCF said that the train was running at around 50mph at the time of the accident, at about 4 pm, and that 25 people were on board. Three of them were slightly hurt.
Adding that an investigation would have to clarify on what had really happened, the spokesperson stated: “It was a classic crossing, well equipped and lit. Several witnesses confirmed that the barrier had come down, so it worked.”