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Twelve Dead in French Express Train Fire

Nov. 5

— NANCY, France (Reuters) - Twelve people died from smoke poisoning in a fire on the overnight Paris-Vienna express train near the eastern French city of Nancy Wednesday, local officials said.

The victims, apparently foreigners, were traveling in two sleeper cars hit by the fire, which Nancy railway staff noticed as the train rumbled through on its way from Paris toward Strasbourg, they said.

About 10 more people were injured in the fire, which occurred about 2:15 a.m. and appeared to be accidental in nature, they added.

There were about 150 people on the train, which normally does not stop in Nancy.

Local police said six men, five women and a child died in the fire, Europe 1 radio reported.

"The station staff noticed one of the cars had smoke in it," one local official told France Info radio. The train was stopped just outside the Nancy station and rescue workers rushed to it.

"They realized on opening the doors that there was a fire and a certain number of people were already dead," he said.

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