Two dead after boulder derails train in Alps

Two people have been killed after a huge boulder derailed a train in the southern French Alps.

French line 'considered safe' before rock derailment

French authorities said it had considered a railway track in the French Alps to be safe before two people died when a tourist train was derailed by a falling boulder.

The line carrying the derailed train had been considered safe before it was hit by a falling boulder
The line carrying the derailed train had been considered safe before it was hit by a falling boulder Credit: REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo

Regional transport official Jean-Yves Petit said that even in winter "the track isn't unusually dangerous".

About 30 people were onboard the train, which was left dangling from a clifftop for hours after the incident.

Derailed train left dangling from clifftop after rock fall

A train travelling through the French Alps was left dangling for hours after being derailed by a fast-falling boulder.

Two people were killed and nine injured after the so-called Train of the Pines was hit by a boulder just outside the town of Annot.

The mayor of the town Jean Ballester said the rock fell with "an extraordinary force".

A French tourist train was derailed in the French Alps after being hit by a falling rock
A French tourist train was derailed in the French Alps after being hit by a falling rock Credit: REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo
The boulder impact formed a huge crater in the side of one of the train carriages
The boulder impact formed a huge crater in the side of one of the train carriages Credit: REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo
The train was left dangling for hours after being derailed
The train was left dangling for hours after being derailed Credit: REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo

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Deaths confirmed after falling boulder derails train

The rock which caused the derailment of a tourist train in Annot in the French Alps.
The rock which caused the derailment of a tourist train in Annot in the French Alps. Credit: REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo

French authorities have confirmed that two people were killed and nine were injured after a giant rock derailed a train outside the town of Annot.

Around 30 people were on board the tourist train travelling in the French Alps.

Two rescue helicopters were dispatched to the area to help evacuate the stricken train.