Deaths Reported After Packed Passenger Train Derails

PARIS (July 12, 2013)—French Interior Minister Manuel Valls says at least six people died and dozens of others were injured when a packed passenger train derailed Friday outside of Paris.

The death toll was first reported as seven.

Valls told reporters earlier that the casualty toll was "in constant evolution," suggesting it could rise.

The SNCF national rail authority says the train was carrying some 385 passengers when it derailed Friday evening at 5:15 p.m. Paris time and crashed into the station at Bretigny-sur-Orge, some 12 miles south of Paris.

The train was headed to Limoges.

SNCF official Jean-Paul Boulet says four carriages piled up after the train derailed, but he could not confirm reports that passengers were still trapped inside.

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