4 killed, 24 others seriously injured as French train hits school bus

Updated 2017-12-15 09:02:12 Xinhua

At least four students were killed and 24 others seriously wounded, including 21 college students, as a train collided with a school bus in southern France on Thursday.

"There are 24 people seriously wounded. Of these 24, 21 are middle school students," said Philippe Vignes, an official with the county of Pyrenees-Orientales where the accident took place.

The accident took place at about 16:00 local time (1500 GMT) at a railroad crossing when a TER train struck the back part of the school bus which was transporting students aged 13 to 17 years old, BFMTV said.

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