Authorities say there has been a “serious rail accident” in southern France involving a school bus and a regional train.
Reports said three people had died, including two children, and that seven other people had been injured.
The Pyrenees-Orientales authority tweeted that the collision occurred on Thursday afternoon on a railway crossing at a small town about nine miles west of Perpignan, close to the border with Spain.
Emergency services have been deployed to the site of the accident.
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The country’s transport minister, Elizabeth Borne, said she would travel immediately to the crash site.
“Emergency and public services are fully mobilised,” she said on Twitter, describing the crash as a “terrible accident”.