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The train crash, Friday 12th July 2013, at Bretigny-sur-Orge, near Paris.
A train derailed in the southern Paris suburb of Brétigny-sur-Orge on Friday evening, with authorities reporting "many casualties". Local media claimed that at least eight people have been killed.

A train derailed on Friday evening at a station in Brétigny-sur-Orge, a southern suburb of Paris, causing "many casualties" according to rail authorities.

Precise details remain unclear, but media reports indicated that passengers were trapped in the train and that some had been electrocuted.

Daily newspaper Le Parisien reported that at least eight people had been killed.

The Interior ministry called the accident a "code red" - meaning an accident in which "many people are victims".

"The train came in to the station at high speed and it split in two for reasons that have not yet been established," a police source told AFP. "One half continued to move along, while the other was left on its side by the platform."