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Published on Friday, July 18, 2014

French train crash follows damning report



Dozens of people were injured, nine of them seriously, when two trains collided in France yesterday.


A high-speed TGV train travelling from Tarbes to Paris was carrying 178 passengers when it was apparently hit by a regional TER train carrying 70, said French news channels.


Initial reports indicate the TGV train was stopped on the tracks and restarting when the crash occurred near the town of Denguin near Pau in southwest France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees.


Local reports suggest the regional train ran into the back of the TGV.


At least 25 people were reported injured and two of the nine most seriously hurt were airlifted to hospital.


The collision follows a recent damning report into the rail crash south of Paris last year, in which seven people died, said the BBC.


That report highlighted the poor state of France's rail network, with the blame placed on poor maintenance checks.

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