A high-speed TGV train derailed in Eckwersheim in the Bas-Rhin department of Alsace in northeastern France mid-afternoon on Saturday.
Local officials told AFP that five people died in the accident, which was apparently caused by “excessive speed.”
Local media reports there are injured, but the numbers aren’t clear yet. Several people have been airlifted from the scene on a helicopter, RTL reports.
There has been no official confirmation on the casualties. A source close to the investigation told AFP that 60 technicians were on board the train when the accident happened.
Vue aérienne du déraillement d’une rame TGV à Eckwersheim, à l’approche de Strasbourg. Sans doute des blesssés. pic.twitter.com/JUHzQEZZPB
— France 3 Alsace (@F3Alsace) November 14, 2015
— ashh (@l6snn) November 14, 2015
The SNCF state service has confirmed that the accident occurred, but didn’t provide further details, according to the paper.
The accident happened on a new high-speed line between Paris and Strasbourg, which hadn’t been used before.
The train derailed while on a bridge and the cars fell into the Marne-Rhine canal, according to witness reports. Photos from the scene show smoke coming from the carriages.
There have been no terror-related reports.
Accident de TGV à Eckwersheim !! pic.twitter.com/N2zBn19BwY
— Cmouadelph (@Cmouadelph) November 14, 2015