At Least 7 Killed in French High-speed Train Test

The train accident happened \"because of excessive speed\" at Eckwersheim in eastern France as technicians were on board for testing.

Published: 14th November 2015 11:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th November 2015 11:03 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

STRASBOURG, FRANCE: The death toll has climbed to at least seven after a French high-speed train derailed during a test run today, sources said.

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 wide canal.

A police dive team, helicopters and tens of rescue vehicles were sent to the scene in response to the crash.

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