Woman, three children crushed to death by a train

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A woman and three children were killed on Monday when a train smashed into their car at a level crossing in eastern France.

Four people on the regional train travelling from the city of Reims to Epernay in the Champagne region suffered minor injuries in the crash in Avenay-Val-d’Or, the local police authority said in a statement.

The eldest child killed, aged around 10, was the driver’s daughter while the other two were “very young”, mayor Philippe Maussire said.

The driver of the train is in shock, he told AFP.

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