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French train derailment kills six: media

Xinhua | Updated: 2013-07-14 04:12

PARIS - French police have said that the final death toll in Friday's train derailment south of Paris is now definitive at six, media reported on Saturday.

According to the national railway company SNCF, the train was carrying about 385 passengers when six of its carriages went off track at 5:15 pm (1515 GMT) on Friday and crashed into the platform at the Bretigny-sur-Orge station, about 20 km south of Paris.

Earlier official reports said at least six people had been killed.

The country will be in mourning on Sunday's national holiday, Bastille Day. It was the country's worst train accident since 1988, when a crash at Gare de Lyon station in Paris killed 56 people.

French train derailment kills six: media

French railway employees and rescue workers inspect the wreckage of a derailed intercity train at the Bretigny-sur-Orge station near Paris July 13, 2013. [Photo/Agencies]

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