At least 10 killed as French high-speed train derails & catches fire near Strasbourg

At least 10 people have been killed and 32 injured as a train derailed and caught fire in Eckwersheim near Strasbourg in France, according to officials.

A high-speed TGV train derailed in Eckwersheim in the Bas-Rhin department of Alsace in northeastern France mid-afternoon on Saturday.

Officials said that out of the injured, 12 are in serious condition.

Several people have been airlifted from the scene on a helicopter, RTL reports. The train was carrying 49 people, all of whom were employees of SNCF national railways.

Local officials told AFP that the accident was apparently caused by “excessive speed.”

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