PARIS, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- At least two people were killed and nine wounded on saturday when a train derailed in the department of les Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in southern France, local media reported.
The accident occurred around 11:00 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) between Annot and Saint-Benoit when a tourist train connecting Nice and Digne-les-Bains was hit by a falling rock and derailed, leaving at least two people dead and nine wounded, French daily Le Figaro reported on its website.
A 49-year-old Russian woman and an 82-year-old French woman were among the dead, local prosecutor Stephane Kellenberger told the media, adding that 34 people were on board at time of the accident.
"A rock about the size of a car came off the mountainside and slammed into the first car of the train," Jean Ballester, mayor of Annot, told French television BFMTV.
A total of 110 firefighters and 32 vehicles, as well as two helicopters were deployed to carry out rescue operation.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
This is the first fatal train accident in France since a train heading from Paris to the central French city of Limoges derailed in south of Paris in July 2013, killing at least six people and injured dozens.