Two dead in train accident in French Alps

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Posted: Feb 08, 2014 8:16 AM

MARSEILLE (Reuters) - Two people were killed and around 20 people hurt, at least one of them seriously, on Saturday when a tourist train in the French Alps derailed after being hit by a falling rock, local officials said.

The accident occurred around 1000 GMT when the two-carriage train was travelling between the towns of Saint-Benoit and Annot on the Nice-Dignes line in southeastern France.

"A rockfall occurred when the train was passing and caused the derailment," Jean-Yves Petit, vice president of the regional authority in charge of transport, told Reuters. "The initial toll is of two dead and several injured."

A source close to the regional authority said one person was seriously hurt and a further 19 suffered light injuries in the derailment of the train that was carrying 23 people at the time.

(Reporting by Jean-Francois Rosnoblet and Marine Pennetier, writing by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Gareth Jones)