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2 dead in French train derailment, mayor says

By Pierre Meilhan, CNN
updated 10:45 PM EST, Sat February 8, 2014
Rescue workers work the scene of a train accident near Digne-les-Bains in the French Alps after a train derailed on February 8. The train collided with a large boulder, leaving two people dead and several others injured. Rescue workers work the scene of a train accident near Digne-les-Bains in the French Alps after a train derailed on February 8. The train collided with a large boulder, leaving two people dead and several others injured.
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Boulder derails train in French Alps
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Boulder derails train in French Alps
Boulder derails train in French Alps
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(CNN) -- At least two people were killed and seven others were injured in a train derailment in southeastern France on Saturday morning, a local mayor said.

The train, which carried 35 passengers, was traveling on a route between Saint-Benoit and Annot in a mountainous area of the department of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Annot Mayor Jean Ballester said.

The derailment took place when the train hit a rock that had fallen on the railway, Ballester said in an interview with CNN affiliate BFMTV.

An emergency plan was launched by regional authorities. Dozens of firefighters and a rescue helicopter were dispatched to the scene, Ballester said.

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