Train collides with school bus in 'serious' accident

France school bus crash

On board the train, there were 25 people, three of whom were slightly injured, Reuters reported.

Rescue workers help after a school bus and a regional train collided in the village of Millas.

Philippe joined Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne and Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer who had already arrived at the scene. The barriers were reportedly lowered at the time of the accident, according to several eyewitness reports.

She said that the crossing is "well-equipped" with flashing lights and the latest technology. Investigators were still working to determine the cause of the crash.

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At least four children were killed and seven others seriously injured on Thursday after a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing in southern France, police sources said.

Local prosecutors, a transportation office and the SNCF train system have all launched investigations as France's Ministry of Transport has promised to assist the families of the children. Twelve people were more lightly injured.

The security service for the Pyrenees area, where the collision took place, said the accident involved a train travelling west from Perpignan to the town of Villefranche de Conflent.

Identification of some of the victims has been made significantly more hard "due to the violence" of the accident, according to a statement by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who was working in the relatively-nearby town of Cahors (Lot) at the time of the crash and visited the scene as soon as possible.

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Authorities in the Pyrenees-Orientales region announced the new deaths a day after the horrific Thursday crash at a crossing close to the Spanish border.

An emergency plan has been activated.

French authorities say there has been a "serious rail accident" in southern France involving a school bus and a regional train.

Images of the accident site show that the bus was completely sheared into two by the impact.

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France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will go to the site.

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