High-speed train derails and crashes in a canal near Strasbourg

At least five killed after a high-speed train derailed near the German border in France, local prefecture says.

ECKWERSHEIM, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 14, 2015) (REUTERS PICTURES/VINCENT KESSLER) – A high-speed train undergoing a trial derailed on the new Paris-Strasbourg high-speed line on Saturday (November 14) in Eckwersheim, near the German border, local police and the national railway company said, wounding several people.

Pictures from a Reuters photographer at the scene showed the locomotive partly submerged in a canal alongside the tracks with other parts lying broken and detached in a field beside the track. Medical units including police divers were on the scene.

The second section of the Paris-Strasbourg high-speed TGV line on which the crash happened is set to open for service in April 2016.