Saturday, November 14, 2015 6:01 pm
Seven persons have died after a French high-speed train derailed during a test run Saturday.
According to the AFP, the train accident happened “because of excessive speed” at Eckwersheim in eastern France as technicians were on board for testing, said a top local official Dominique-Nicolas Jane.
However, police said the cause of the crash had not been determined. A source close to the investigation said dozens of technicians were aboard.
The train ended up near a bridge in the water of a roughly 40-metre (130-foot) wide canal.
A police dive team, helicopters and tens of rescue vehicles were sent to the scene in response to the crash.
The accident happened on a day France began to mourn the death of close to 128 people killed Friday night by terrorists from the Islamic State of Syria.