In a scene reminiscent of the wild west, masked men made a daring raid made a on a freight train in southern France on Thursday night.
The incident occurred on the northern outskirts of Marseille, where the bandits had blocked the track with shopping carts and metal beams.
During the event a passenger train hurtled into the blockade forcing it and a cargo locomotive behind it to stop.
About 20 bandits looted several carriages and then vanished into the night. It was unclear what was taken, but nobody was hurt in the attack.
The railway union said that Thursday’s robbery was a sign that the railway authority was not investing enough in security.
French train robbers revive wild west tactics