PARIS (AP) — A school bus and a regional train collided in southern France on Thursday, killing four children and critically injuring seven other people on the bus, the French interior ministry said.
Photos from the scene tweeted by a local television station showed the train derailed and the bus shorn in half.
Nine other people on the school bus and three on the train had less severe injuries.
It happened on a railway crossing in the small village of Millas some 15 kilometers (9 miles) west of Perpignan, close to the border with Spain.
Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne and Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer were at the scene Thursday evening along with 70 firefighters, 10 emergency ambulances and four helicopters. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was en route.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: "All my thoughts go to the victims of this terrible accident and their families. The government is fully mobilized to give them emergency help."