Skip to navigationSkip to content

With France’s nerves frayed, a high-speed train derails on a test run, killing seven staff

REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
Rescue workers search the wreckage of a test TGV train that derailed and crashed in a canal outside Eckwersheim near Strasbourg.
  • Adam Pasick
By Adam Pasick

Senior Editor

This article is more than 2 years old.

A French high-speed train crashed into a river during a test run near Strasburg, killing up to seven people, according to Reuters and France 3.

The accident was caused by “excessive speed,” a rail official told AFP. French authorities are on high alert after Paris was attacked by multiple gunmen and suicide bombers, but there is no indication of foul play in the train crash.

The section of TGV track where the crash took place is on the second section of the Paris-Strasbourg high-speed train line, according to Reuters, and is due to open for service in April, 2016.

Rescue personnel, including teams of police divers, are on the scene.

Reuters/Vincent Kessler
Reuters/Vincent Kessler
Reuters/Vincent Kessler
Reuters/Vincent Kessler
Reuters/Vincent Kessler

📬 Kick off each morning with coffee and the Daily Brief (BYO coffee).

By providing your email, you agree to the Quartz Privacy Policy.