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Five confirmed dead in train crash in France

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Five confirmed dead in train crash in France


Authorities say five people are confirmed dead in a rail crash in north eastern France.

Earlier reports by officials put the death toll at 13, but that figure has since been revised downwards. A passenger train travelling from Luxemburg to Nancy collided with a goods train at Zouftgen. At least a dozen people are reported to have been injured, five of them are in a critical condition.

Rail officials are quoted as saying the trains were travelling in opposite directions on the same stretch of track because of maintenance work on an adjoining line. The French and Luxemburg Prime Ministers visited the scene of the crash.

Dominique de Villepin told reporters investigators from both countries would work together to find out what happened. Villepin was flying to the French Caribbean when news of the accident broke, and decided to turn back to France. The crash is thought to be the worst train disaster in France since November 2002 when a fire onboard a Paris-Vienna express train killed 12 people.

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