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High-speed train derails in France, killing at least 7

An official says a high-speed train undergoing a test run has derailed in northeast France, killing at least seven people and gravely injuring at least 10 others.

Crash does not appear to be related to Paris attacks, authorities say

Rescue vehicles park between a canal and the railway tracks after a high-speed train derailed in Eckwersheim, near Strasbourg, eastern France, on Saturday. (Jean-Francois Badias/Associated Press)

An official says a high-speed train undergoing a test run has derailed in northeast France, killing at least seven people and gravely injuring at least 10 others.

The train burst into flames, split apart and plunged into the Marne au Rhin canal.

Spokeswoman Viviane Chevallier of the Bas-Rhin region said there were no immediate indications that Saturday's crash had anything to do with deadly attacks in Paris a day earlier.

She said authorities believe the TGV high-speed train carrying 49 people was going too fast, and skipped off the tracks in the town of Eckwerscheim near the German border.

In a statement, French President François Hollande's office said the train was not running on a line used by commercial trains. His office said 10 people were gravely injured. Chevallier had said earlier 11 people were severely injured. 

Five helicopters were deployed to airlift the injured to hospital in the nearby city of Strasbourg. Two government ministers were on way to the site.

A TGV high-speed train carrying 49 people derailed near the town of Eckwerscheim in France, near the German border. (CBC)

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