French train kills three migrants lying on tracks

October 13, 2021 By 0 Comments

Three migrants have been killed and one seriously injured after a train struck them in south-western France.

A local mayor and police said the migrants were lying on the tracks when they were hit in a coastal town near Biarritz on Tuesday morning.

A police investigation is under way but the circumstances of the incident remain unclear.

The mayor of Ciboure said the area was well-known as a transit route for migrants.

Mayor Eneko Aldana-Douat told BFM TV the migrants “were sleeping or lying” on the tracks.

Police are trying to identify the migrants. Citing a police source, the Parisian newspaper said all of them were Algerian nationals.

The one who survived suffered a broken leg and has been taken to hospital, local prosecutors told the AFP news agency.

The train had left Hendaye and was heading for Bordeaux.

Train services were interrupted but gradually resumed after a few hours.