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7 Die as High-Speed Test Train Derails in Northern France

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Rescuers work at the scene where a high-speed TGV train coach and engine carriage lie in a canal in Eckwersheim near Strasbourg, northeastern France, after derailing on November 14, 2015. (Getty Images)

Saturday, 14 Nov 2015 12:34 PM

ECKWERSCHEIM, France — An official says a high-speed train undergoing a test run has derailed in northeast France, killing at least seven people and gravely injuring 11 others.

The train burst into flames, split apart and plunged into the Marne au Rhin canal.

Spokeswoman Viviane Chevallier of the Bas-Rhin region said there were no immediate indications that Saturday's crash had anything to do with deadly terrorist attacks in Paris a day earlier.

She said authorities believe the TGV high-speed train carrying 49 people was going too fast, and skipped off the tracks in the town of Eckwerscheim near the German border.

Five helicopters were deployed to evacuate the injured to hospital in the nearby city of Strasbourg. Two government ministers were on way to the site.

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An official says a high-speed train undergoing a test run has derailed in northeast France, killing at least seven people and gravely injuring 11 others.The train burst into flames, split apart and plunged into the Marne au Rhin canal.
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