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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

Read: Deaths confirmed after falling boulder derails train

Man arrested in connection with family Alps shooting

A 54-year-old man was arrested in Surrey today in connection with the murders of Saad and Ikbal Al-Hilli, Mrs Al-Hilli's mother Suhaila al-Allaf, and cyclist Sylvain Mollier, who were all shot dead near Annecy, in the French Alps in September last year, Surrey Police said.

Saad al-Hilli, who died in a gun attack in the French Alps.

Read: Search for answers continues over French Alps shooting spree

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Headmaster: Charlie 'will be hugely missed'

(Charlie was) a talented and very motivated boy who made a huge impact on the lives of every one who knew him.

He was a popular boy and threw himself into school life with 100% effort.

Charlie loved a wide range of sports and especially the great outdoors.

He will be hugely missed and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family, especially his mother and sister, at this tragic time.

– David Hudson, the headmaster of Charlie Saunders' school, the Royal Latin in Buckingham

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