September 10, 1997 in Nation/World

Toll Now 13 In French Truck-Train Accident

Compiled From Wire Services

Police pulled a charred body Tuesday from the wreckage of a fiery truck-train collision in southwestern France, raising the death toll to 13.

The body was not immediately identified, police said.

Monday’s crash between a train and a gasoline truck at a crossing near Saint-Antoine-de-Breuilh, a village 330 miles southwest of Paris, also injured 49 people, 18 of them seriously.

The accident occurred as the truck was crossing the train tracks. At least one of the train cars and the engine were totally charred by the fire, police said.

The regional express train was traveling between Bordeaux and the city of Bergerac in the hilly Perigord region.

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