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A French anti-nuclear demonstrator was killed Sunday in eastern France when his leg was severed by a train carrying radioactive waste to Germany, police said.

The incident took place farther down the rails from where two other anti-nuclear demonstrators had earlier chained themselves to the tracks near the town of Nancy, briefly delaying the train, rail officials said.

Paramedics quickly cared for the protester after the incident near the town of Avricourt, but he died en route to a nearby hospital, police said. The official said that at least one other protester had been injured.

According to an early investigation, Sebastien Briat, a 21-year-old protester from the nearby Meuse region, died of injuries suffered when he and other activists were surprised by the train as they prepared to chain themselves to the rails, police said.

The train's driver braked but was unable to avoid hitting the protester, officials said.

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