A train and a school bus have collided near Perpignan in southern France, leaving at least four children dead and many other people injured.
Twenty people were injured and 11 of them were in a critical condition, after the crash on a level crossing between Millas and Saint-Féliu-d’Amont.
The bus had picked up pupils, aged between 13 and 17, from a nearby secondary school before it was hit.
Pictures from the scene showed the bus split in two by the force of the crash.
Train operator SNCF said witnesses had reported seeing the barriers at the level crossing down at the time of the collision, although that was not confirmed.
The bus, which had left the Christian Bourquin College in Millas, was on the crossing when it was hit by the train, which was travelling from Perpignan at around 80km/h (50mph). Visibility was described as good.
A witness who was on the train told local news website l’Indépendant that “it was a very violent crash – it seemed as if the train would derail”. Some 30 people were on the regional train at the time.