PARIS (AP) — An enormous boulder hurtled off a mountain and smashed into a tourist train in the French Alps on Saturday, derailing it on the mountainside and killing two passengers, officials said. Nine people were injured.
The force of the boulder caved in the side of the train, which takes a leisurely three hours to travel about 93 miles from Nice to Dignes-les-Bains.
The uninjured among the approximately 30 passengers were evacuated to Annot, a little more than half-way through the train route, Ballester said. Two rescue helicopters were dispatched to the remote area, he said.
France’s top security official, Manuel Vals, confirmed two dead and nine injured.
The train was still dangling dramatically from the tracks hours after the accident, the crushed front car nose-down in the snowy woods.