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French Passenger Describes Horrific Derailment

July 12, 2013

A survivor of a deadly train crash outside Paris called it a "miracle" that the car in which he was riding stayed upright when others derailed.

"I was half asleep when the train suddenly became unstable. People started to panic. It felt like the train had hit gravel. Our carriage remained upright. No one in our carriage was seriously injured," the passenger, who identified himself as Cedric, 17, told reporters.

He said he was in the second carriage from the front and that carriages in front and back were derailed: "It's a miracle really that my carriage escaped."

He said bystanders began to help immediately at the scene, where at least six people died: "People who had been waiting for other trains came running from the platform to help. They broke the windows of the carriage with bars and helped evacuate people and bags."

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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