• France's news in English
Eight seriously injured in southern France train crash
Photo: AFP

Eight seriously injured in southern France train crash

The Local/AFP · 17 Aug 2016, 23:22

Published: 17 Aug 2016 16:33 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Aug 2016 23:22 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The regional TER train crashed at Lunel, which is between Nimes and Montpellier in the south of France (see map below).

"At Lunel at around 3:45 pm, a TER going at 140 kmh hit a tree which had fallen on to the track after extremely violent storms in the region," national rail operator SNCF said.
The rail operator added that the scene was difficult to reach for firefighters and police. 
Some 219 people were on board the train at the time of the crash. 
Rescuers told the AFP news agency that eight people were "severely injured", and that another fifty suffered
minor injuries.

At least one helicopter was at the scene to carry the injured to a nearby hospital while others gathered on the train tracks.

An image shared by the local branch of France Bleu showed a large tree that appeared to have completely covered the tracks. 

Meanwhile, tweets from passengers (below) showed the damage from the collision, including what appears to be a hole in the wall of the train and glass from broken windows all over the floor. 

Trains in both directions in the area faced severe delays following the accident.

The crash occurred near Lunel, north of Montpellier in southern France. Photo: Google Maps

The Local/AFP (news.france@thelocal.com)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Today's headlines
France given wake up call as it bids for Brexit business
The business district 'La Defense' in Paris. Photo: AFP

France clearly has some work to do if it really wants to pinch business from the UK post-Brexit.

Mouth fun? French words you just can't translate literally
Do you know the French word for throat-support? Photo: AFP

Word of warning: Don't translate French literally.

How France plans to help its stressed-out police force
Yellow smoke rises around French police officers in Paris holding a banner reading "Solidarity with our colleagues, police angry". All photos: AFP

Could these measures stop the cops from protesting?

'3,000 migrants dispersed' after 'Jungle' clearance
Photo: AFP

While thousands of migrants have been bussed out around France, new ones are arriving all the time and thousands of others have simply been dispersed aid agencies say.

Fifteen of the most bizarre laws in France
Photo: Matthew Powell/Flickr

A must read for anyone who wants to stay on the right side of the law in France.

Medieval town in south of France upholds ban on UFOs
The town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Photo: Aa77zz/Flickr

Aliens take note.

American tourist dies at French Riviera sex club
The Riviera resort of Cannes. Photo: AFP

American tourist reportedly fell five floors after being pushed outside the underground sex club in Cannes.

Paris: 'Flying' water taxis to be tested on River Seine
Photo: SeaBubbles

An in Seine idea surely? But tests will go ahead.

France joins fight for rich pickings from post-Brexit UK
Photo: AFP/DcnH/Flickr

France tries to woo EU's bank regulator and other agencies.

How speaking French can really mess up your English
Photo: CollegeDegree360/Flickr

So you've mastered French, but now it's time to learn English all over again.

The annoying questions only a half French, half Brit can answer
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Forget Brangelina's chateau - here are nine others you've got to see
The must-see French films of the millennium - Part One
How life for expats in France has changed over the years
Why Toulouse is THE place to be in France right now
Video: New homage to Paris shows the 'real side' of city
The 'most dangerous' animals you can find in France
Swap London fogs for Paris frogs: France woos the Brits
Anger after presenter kisses woman's breasts on live TV
Is France finally set for a cold winter this year?
IN PICS: The story of the 'ghost Metro stations' of Paris
How to make France's 'most-loved' dish: Magret de Canard
Welcome to the flipside: 'I'm not living the dream in France'
Do the French really still eat frogs' legs?
French 'delicacies' foreigners really find hard to stomach
French are the 'world's most pessimistic' about the future
Why the French should not be gloomy about the future
This is the most useful French lesson you will ever have. How to get angry
Why is there a giant clitoris in a field in southern France?
French pastry wars: Pain au chocolat versus chocolatine
Countdown: The ten dishes the French love the most
Expats or immigrants in France: Is there a difference?
How the French reinvented dozens of English words
jobs available