Jerome Pourier, the public prosecutor in Bayonne, southwest of the country, said during a press conference that the wounded Algerian and seriously injured, but “his life is no longer in danger and he will undergo an operation this afternoon.”
According to the Public Prosecution Office and the railway company, the four men, aged between 21 and 40, were lying on the railway tracks near Saint-Jean-de-Luz when the train hit them.
According to the public prosecutor, the emergency brakes were unable to stop the train before it hit the four men, because the distance needed to stop it is 310 meters, while they were apparently asleep on the tracks.
“They were lying on the tracks, probably for a rest, as the last train left at around 22:30 at night (20:30 GMT), and this was the first train to leave today,” the public prosecutor said.
He added, “It seems that they are all Algerians,” stressing that it will take time to verify their nationalities and verify their identities.
According to local sources, these migrants were residing in Spain, but their files indicate violations of the conditions of residence, and the Spanish authorities have launched a procedure to deport one of them, who is the youngest of them at the age of 21 years.
Also, one of these immigrants is registered with the local French police, which means that their arrival in France is not recent. The French authorities opened an investigation to find out the circumstances of the accident.