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21:53  14 december  2017
21:53  14 december  2017 Source:   news.sky.com

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At least four children have died after a school bus was split in two in a collision with a train in southern France . The collision occurred at a level crossing near a wooded area in Millas - near the town of Perpignan - and left at least 19 people injured, seven seriously. The bus was carrying 16 youngsters

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Emergency services at the scene near Millas. Pic: France Bleu © Other Emergency services at the scene near Millas. Pic: France Bleu At least four children have died after a train collided with a school bus in southern France, the country's interior minister has confirmed.

The collision happened at a level crossing near a wooded area at Millas - near the town of Perpignan - at 4.10pm on Thursday afternoon and has left at least 19 people injured, seven seriously.

The bus - which was carrying youngsters between 13 and 17-years-old between a secondary school in Millas and the communities of Saint-Feliu-D'Amont and Saint-Feliu-d'Avall - was cut in two and "shredded" by the collision, according to witnesses.

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A train has been involved in a fatal collision with a schoolbus near Perpignan in France © Sky A train has been involved in a fatal collision with a schoolbus near Perpignan in France The front half of the black and white vehicle was left on the track pointing at an upwards angle, with the body crushed towards the middle.

French media say that the barriers at the level crossing would have been down at the time.

Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne has described it as a "terrible accident" and said on Twitter that she was heading to the scene - around 530 miles from Paris and she has been joined at the scene by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

President Emmanuel Macron tweeted his condolences to "the victims of this terrible accident".

A train has been involved in a fatal collision with a schoolbus near Perpignan in France © Sky A train has been involved in a fatal collision with a schoolbus near Perpignan in France A Milas town hall official said: "All emergency services have been mobilised and a crisis coordination unit set up."

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Seventy firefighters have been called to the scene, alongside 10 ambulances, two air ambulances and two police helicopters.

The train company - SNCF - has tweeted a "heartfelt message of support to the victims and their families".

An SNCF spokesman added that the train was running at 80kmph at the time of the accident and that there were 25 passengers on-board, three of whom have been "slightly injured".

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