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SEVEN dead in high speed French TGV rail disaster

NewsBy Daragh Keany
TGV derailed into river
TGV derailed into river
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Emergency crews at the scene
Emergency crews at the scene

Seven people have been killed as a train derailed and caught fire in Eckwersheim near Strasbourg in France, AFP reported. Rescue teams are working at the site.

Initially it was reported as just five deaths but now we are hearing that seven have lost their lives. 

A high-speed TGV train derailed in Eckwersheim in the Bas-Rhin department of Alsace in northeastern France mid-afternoon on Saturday.

According to sources, the accident was caused by "excessive speed".

There has been no official confirmation on the casualties and there is no link to last night's horrific attacks. 

The SNCF state service has confirmed that the accident occurred between Paris and Strasbourg, which had not been used before.

Emergency crews have been deployed to the site.

The train derailed while on a bridge and the cars fell into the Marne-Rhine canal, according to witness reports.

Photos from the scene show smoke coming from the carriages.

Updated at 5.32pm