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France school bus driver charged after deadly crash with train

Charges have been filed against the driver of a school bus hit by a train on a level crossing, leaving six children dead.

The preliminary charges from the French authorities accuse the driver of manslaughter and involuntary injury.

Police investigating the tragedy are focusing on whether the crossing’s barriers were raised or lowered at the time.

Coffin of victims killed in a collision
Coffins of four of the victims killed in the collision

The driver – a 46-year-old woman – was injured when the coach was hit by a passenger train near the village of Millas in the eastern Pyrenees.

Some 16 youngsters were on the bus when it was ripped in half. They were all aged between 11 and 17.

Passengers on the train told how the impact was “very powerful”.

Funerals for the children who died are being held this week.

Firefighters and police at the site of an accident near Perpignan in southern France, where a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing
Firefighters and police at the site of the accident near Perpignan

A joint funeral for four of the children took place this morning, where the white coffins of boys named only as Alan, Loic, Diogo and Teddy were laid out in the village.

Thousands of people watched the ceremony on a giant screen outside the church.

Two girls named as Ophelia and Younes are also being buried this week.

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