Eight people were killed Friday when several cars of a passenger train bound from Paris to Limoges ran off the tracks south of the French capital, media outlets said.

The accident took place shortly before 5:00 p.m. as the train, which was carrying around 350 people, entered the Bretigny-sur-Orge at high speed, a spokesman for the SNCF railway told Efe.

Emergency personnel recovered eight bodies within the first hour after the derailment, Le Parisien newspaper said on its Web page, while local authorities said they feared the crash had resulted in "numerous victims."

Dozens of injured passengers remained trapped in the wreckage.

SNCF suspended service after the wreck, though Friday was a busy travel day in France as many people were starting their vacations.

Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier and SNCF chief Guillaume Pepy were en route to the accident scene in Bretigny-sur-Orge. EFE