Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Four children were killed and 19 are reported injured after a school bus collided with train Thursday in southern France.
France's interior ministry said all of the injured were children from the bus, between the ages of 8 and 17.
Authorities said the school bus entered the train crossing in the town of Millas when the barriers were down, and was hit from behind by a regional train. Witnesses said the collision cut the bus in half.
The crash happened nine miles west of Perpignan, near the Spanish border, as the bus was taking children between the college of Millas and the communes of Saint-Féliu-d'Amont and Saint-Féliu-d'Avall.
Rescuers had to dig through wreckage to get to the victims.