Nightly News   |  July 12, 2013

At least 6 killed, dozens injured in France train crash

The derailment Friday in a Paris suburb, was France’s deadliest train accident in 25 years. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.

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>>> another transportation disaster to report. chaos outside paris tonight after a train carrying hundreds of passengers derailed at high speeds, sending cars slamming into a station. at least six people are dead. over 200 injured. and some of them severe. nbc's keir simmons covering for us tonight. keir, good evening.

>> reporter: good evening, brian . the streets around this crash site tonight are cordoned off. the train left paris at 5:00 this afternoon. the beginning of a holiday weekend. it is bastille day here in france on sunday. a public holiday but 20 minutes later the train had derailed. wreckage is now lying across the tracks. four cars have derailed. one on its side. others are simply split apart. injured passengers were taken to medevac choppers in order to be evacuated. others were trapped inside. others including children were left sitting by the tracks, brian , just absolutely stunned. witnesses say the train was moving unusually fast, bucking from side to side. this was not a scheduled stop. but the cars crashed into each other and into the station. and tonight the head of the train company here is saying that's the conductor stopped the train before the train hit yet another train. brian ?

>> keir simmons , live report for