Children killed after their school bus collided with a train
AT least four children have died after a train collided with a school bus in southern France.
French media are reporting 20 passengers had been injured, seven of them critically, following the incident near Perpignan.
The bus and train crashed into each other at a level crossing about 4pm Thursday local time.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: 'All my thoughts are with the victims and their families following this terrible accident involving a school bus. The authorities are fully mobilised to come to their aid.'
The school bus was carrying around 20 children aged between 11 and 15, the local authority said.
Nine other people on the bus had less severe injuries.
The collision happened on a railway crossing in the small village of Millas, 15 kilometres west of Perpignan, close to the border with Spain.
Photos from the scene tweeted by a local television station showed the train derailed and the bus torn in half with rescuers gathered around.
It was not immediately clear why the accident happened. France's SNCF national rail authority said witnesses described the crossing gates as functioning properly.
The French interior ministry said that 95 emergency workers are now at the site alongside 15 police units.
Counsellors are also setting up at a local sports hall.
More to come.