Polish firefighters: 21 people hurt in train collision

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A passenger train hit a cargo train at a railway station Wednesday evening in northern Poland, injuring 21 people but causing no deaths, authorities said.

Pawel Fratczak, spokesman for national firefighters, said there were no fatalities, but that among the injured were four children who were taken to hospital, one of them by a helicopter.

Seven of the passenger train’s 11 carriages derailed in the collision, which occurred before 10 p.m. in the town of Smetowo Graniczne.

Miroslaw Siemieniec, a spokesman for Polish Railway, said railway officials were taking steps to allow those who were not hurt to continue their journey.

Siemieniec said approximately 300 people were on the train, which was traveling from Gdynia in the country’s north to Bielsko-Biala in the south. Fratczak said there were fewer than 200 passengers.

The crash took place in the last week of school vacation in Poland, when children travel back home before the school year starts Monday.

Prosecutors and railway experts were at the site to investigate the cause of the crash.

French police hunt for girl, 9, who vanished at wedding

PARIS (AP) — French police widened their search Wednesday for a 9-year-old girl who disappeared during a wedding in the Alps, combing wooded slopes and streams and questioning more potential witnesses.

A photo and description of the girl has been posted and tweeted across France since her weekend disappearance, and the local prosecutor opened a kidnapping investigation. The girl has been publicly identified only by her first name, Maelys.

The national gendarme service said reinforcements were sent in and some 150 police and volunteers divided up Wednesday morning to broaden their search around the town of Pont-de Beauvoisin. Divers, spelunkers, search dogs and helicopters also took part in the search.

“We are not losing hope to find some trace,” gendarme official Jean Pertue told reporters at the scene, in comments shown on BFM television. Broadcast images showed police carefully poking under dense bushes on the slopes of the area, west of Chambery.

Police are questioning some 250 people, including everyone at the wedding as well as at two other parties in town Saturday night, when she was last seen, according to Le Parisien newspaper.

The girl disappeared around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, according to the prosecutor. Three police dogs found her trace but lost it at a spot a few meters from the hall where the wedding was held, suggesting she got in a car at that point, according to French news reports quoting regional police.

Mexico: 7 killed in Acapulco amid ongoing wave of violence

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Seven people have been murdered in the beach resort of Acapulco as the city continues to grapple with a violent crime wave, Mexican authorities said Wednesday.

The killings on Tuesday included the slaying of two men and a woman at an apartment used as an office for a taxi service.

Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez said both men were bound with tape and all three were shot in the head. Family members said the men were taxi drivers.

Acapulco registered 483 homicides in the first seven months of the year. That was down about 13 percent from the same period in 2016, but still on pace for it to remain Mexico’s deadliest city.

Nationwide, homicides are up 27 percent so far this year.

In northern Mexico on Wednesday, a man who had been chased and shot by attackers along a wide boulevard leading to the hotel zone in San Jose del Cabo crashed his car into the local offices of Mexico’s tourism promotion agency, the Baja California Sur state prosecutor’s office said.

The man died of bullet wounds. The tourism office sits across a landscaped median from a large shopping center. The resort cities at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula have suffered increasing violence as drug cartels compete for control.