Three French tourists were killed and at least 23 others injured when a bus collided with a train in Higuey, a city in the eastern Dominican Republic, media reports said.

The bus was carrying more than two dozen French tourists and two Dominican employees on the Bavaro-Bayahibe route when the accident happened on Thursday night, emergency management office regional director Amado Avila said.

The accident occurred around 8:00 p.m. on the Higuey-Yuma highway, the Listin Diario newspaper reported on its Web site.

Two men and a woman died in the accident, Avila told Channel 7's Noticias SIN.

Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the accident scene and the third died at Doctor Cedano clinic in Higuey, the capital of La Altagracia province, located 145 kilometers (90 miles) east of Santo Domingo.

The injured tourists were also treated at the clinic.

The victims have not been identified and the condition of the injured tourists is not available, Avila said. EFE