Train hits fallen tree in southern France, injuring 60 people

A regional train crashed into a fallen tree in southern France on Wednesday, injuring at least 60 people, French officials said. Some of the victims were seriously injured.

“At Lunel at around 3:45 pm, a TER (regional train) going at 140 km/hr (87 mph) hit a tree which had fallen onto the track after extremely violent storms in the region,” National rail operator SNCF said in a statement.

Lunel is a commune about 22 kilometers (13 miles) northeast of Montpellier, or 108 kilometers (67 miles) northwest of Marseille.

Although the train did not derail from the tracks, the first carriage was seriously damaged, according to French TV station BFM. The train, which was carrying about 250 passengers, was travelling between the cities of Nimes and Montpellier when it crashed into the tree.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and evacuated hundreds of people on board.

Eight of the 60 passengers were seriously injured, according to the French news agency AFP. One passenger, who was in critical condition, was airlifted to a hospital. The other passengers suffered mostly minor injuries or were in shock from the crash.

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