Five have been killed and several more seriously injured in a head-on collision between a passenger train and a goods train near Zoufftgen, France, close to the Luxembourg border.
The two trains had been diverted onto the same length of track due to unspecified engineering restrictions early Tuesday. The French train operator, SNCF, confirmed that the passenger train, travelling from Luxembourg to Nancy, was green-lit to enter the single section of track, which already contained a goods train travelling in the opposite direction.'For reasons that are not clear, these two trains came together head-to-head,' said a SNCF spokesperson. 'We imagine that the trains were travelling at a high speed.'