Children 'shouldn't have been aboard crash train'
Published 16/11/2015 | 02:30
Several children were on board a train that derailed at high speed in France, killing at least 11 people and leaving up to five still missing.
The TGV train was undergoing a trial on a new high-speed line from Paris to Strasbourg when it crashed. Authorities says the accident was caused by excessive speed.
Another 32 people were injured, 12 seriously. Five more people are still unaccounted for because it's unclear whether they had actually boarded.
The 49 people believed to be on board the trial run had included not only staff from the SNCF railway but also their family members, including children and other guests.
SNCF say that children should not have been aboard a test train.
Environment Minister Segolene Royal said that sabotage had been all but ruled out.
But the accident jarred nerves coming a day after the Paris attacks.
The locomotive ended up partly submerged in a canal alongside the tracks, with other parts lying broken and detached in a field.