On Friday, a school bus in Millas, France was struck by a train travelling at 50 mph. The impact was so harsh that it cut the bus in half. At least four children have died and several others were seriously injured in this horrifying accident. The horrific accident happened close to the city of Perpignan when the vehicle ‘was caught between barriers’ shortly after 4pm. A TER commuter train travelling at around 50mph ploughed into the bus, causing carnage among the party from a high school in nearby Millas.
The bus, which was carrying around 20 students from a local secondary school, was struck by the train about 18 kilometres west (11 miles) of the city of Perpignan, close to the Spanish border. “The bus was very badly hit,” the public prosecutor in Perpignan, Jean-Jacques Fagny, said. Pictures posted on French media showed the bus had been severed in two. Around 70 emergency workers, backed by four helicopters, were deployed as part of the rescue effort and the crash site was cordoned off to the media.
The accident is the third involving several fatalities on French railways in the past four years. Stay tuned for more updates.