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Around 60 people hurt in train crash in southern France

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Around 60 people hurt in train crash in southern France

<p>Eight people have been seriously injured and around 50 slightly hurt in a train crash in southern France.</p> <p>The emergency services said that the local train was travelling from Nimes to Montpellier when it hit a tree that had fallen across the track near Saint-Aunès, east of Montpellier. </p> <p>They said that a violent thunderstorm brought down the tree, which also damaged the electric power cables over the tracks, halting all services on that line. </p> <p>One critically injured person – who witnesses said had been thrown from the train – was evacuated to hospital by helicopter. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">L'état du <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TER?src=hash">#TER</a> qui a percuté un arbre entre <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/N%C3%AEmes?src=hash">#Nîmes</a> et <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Montpellier?src=hash">#Montpellier</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sncf?src=hash">#sncf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/accident?src=hash">#accident</a> <a href="https://t.co/afPXaVKpLp">pic.twitter.com/afPXaVKpLp</a></p>— Chrystopher Barolin (@KrysFuller) <a href="https://twitter.com/KrysFuller/status/765922136540188672">August 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Officials from the rail operator <span class="caps">SNCF</span> said the train was carrying 250 passengers and would have been travelling at 140 kilometres an hour (87 miles per hour) at the time of the accident. </p> <p><span class="caps">SNCF</span> said firefighters and police were at the scene, but access was very difficult and made more so by the thunderstorm and hailstones.</p> <p>The accident happened at around 15.45 <span class="caps">CET</span>. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Photo prise en direct de la voie <a href="https://t.co/Vj44ZLwn07">pic.twitter.com/Vj44ZLwn07</a></p>— Arrow (@aurore_sch) <a href="https://twitter.com/aurore_sch/status/765925961246318594">August 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>