Paris Train Derailment: At Least 7 Dead In Chaotic SceneBy: Amanda Crum - July 12, 2013
A train has derailed in Paris, leaving 7 people dead and several more injured, authorities say.
The passenger train was carrying 385 people and was head to Limoges when two of the cars derailed and took others along with it. The death toll will more than likely rise as officials scour the scene, and authorities have not confirmed whether or not passengers are still trapped on the train. Onlookers called the scene “chaotic” and said there were unattended children about. An investigation is underway as to what caused the derailment; the crash occurred at 5:15 p.m. Paris time on Friday.
The crash comes one week after Canada suffered a horrific train derailment of their own; Lac-Megantic’s town center was destroyed after a train carrying several cars worth of crude oil rolled downhill on its own and lost control, crashing with a fiery explosion into the downtown area. Officials there believe the death toll may reach as high as 50 as they continue a search for bodies.
This is a developing story; we will update this article as soon as more information is available.