Two dead, nine injured in Alps train crash

Saturday 08 February 2014 22.27
Medics take care of an injured person at the hospital of Nice, southern France, after a train derailed near Digne-les-Bains in the French Alps
Medics take care of an injured person at the hospital of Nice, southern France, after a train derailed near Digne-les-Bains in the French Alps

Two people have died and nine others were injured when a train derailed in the southern French Alps, firefighters said.

The train was travelling from the coastal city of Nice to the town of Digne-les-Bains and came off the tracks after hitting a rock on the rails, they said.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and a red alert, meaning "several victims", was issued. Firefighters from around the region were drafted in to help.

A total of 110 firefighters and 32 vehicles were deployed, as well as two helicopters.

One of the injured is in critical condition and eight others, including the driver, sustained lighter injuries, the fire service said.

There were a total of 34 people on board at the time of the accident.

Authorities encountered difficulties in reaching the accident due to heavy snow and an isolated location.

In July, seven people were killed when a commuter train derailed near Paris.