A train and a school bus have collided near Perpignan in south France, leaving at least three dead, the BBC reports.
Another nine people were reported to be injured on the bus, seven of them seriously in the incident between Millas and Saint-Feliu-d’Amont.
The students on the bus are reported to be between the ages of 11 and 15.
Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne called the crash a “terrible accident” and said on Twitter that she was going to the scene, about 850km (530 miles) south of Paris.
Très vive émotion suite au terrible accident survenu à #Millas dans les Pyrénées-Orientales. Les secours et les services de l’Etat sont pleinement mobilisés. Je me rends sur place immédiatement.
— Elisabeth BORNE (@Elisabeth_Borne) December 14, 2017
“All emergency services have been mobilized and a crisis coordination unit set up,” an official at the local Millas townhall told Reuters.