The usual suspects came to collect booty, just like Muhammad:
Immediately after the accident, according to witnesses interviewed by Le Monde, about thirty young people from the area have tried to steal the effects of victims, bags, phones or other. They also stoned firefighters who Â intervened. Then they were evacuated out of scope by the CRS. The clashes continued still some time before subsiding.
The accident marred festivities for France’s July 14 Bastille Day, traditionally the cue for French families to embark on long summer holidays.
A crane was due to arrive at the scene to lift a mangled carriageÂ which flipped over when the train carrying 385 passengers hit a platform at Bretigny-sur-Orge on the outskirsts of Paris.
“The fear is that victims may still be trapped in the wreckage,” said an SNCF manager at the scene. “The recovery operation will be carrying on all day.”
A police spokesman described groups of local people “picking through the wreckage” on Friday night and looting from the bodies of victims, who were electrocuted or crushed to death.
“It appeared at first that they were trying to help, but it soon became clear that they were taking personal property away. When police approached they threw stones before running away,” said the spokesman.
The crash site, some 16 miles from the centre of Paris, is surrounded by waste land.
Six carriages derailed in all, with the third and fourth leaving the rail first, at around 5.14pm.