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TWENTY cows were left lifeless on the railway tracks after they were hit by a high speed train travelling at 150mph with 240 passengers on board.
Grisly photos from the scene reveal the aftermath of the collision with the stunned livestock lying scattered across the tracks in the French Alps.
The train was carrying 257 passengers at the time, none of whom were hurt in the collisionOne dramatic photo posted to Twitter captured the aftermath of the horrifying accident on the Paris – Lausanne line on Saturday afternoon.
It showed the cattle in the Jura region dead or dying after being hit by TGV (High Speed Train) 9269 at 2.45pm.
Another passenger shared photos from the window of the train, captioning the snaps: "A herd of cows crossed the path of the Lyria TGV ... Twenty animals dead or in agony. Terrible."
The local Le Progres newspaper said the accident happened in La Joux forest after "their enclosure was left open".
The train was carrying 257 passengers at the time, none of whom were hurt in the collision.
The paper added: "Twenty animals died instantly and six others had to be euthanized because of their heavy wounds.
This article first appeared on www.thesun.co.uk
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