Deadly crash in France: France Bus Crash
Published: October 23, 2015
Deadly crash in France: France Bus Crash, A head-on collision between a bus carrying senior citizens and a truck left 43 people dead, including a three-year-old boy. Most of the victims were senior citizens on a day trip.
Officials said that 43 people have died in a head-on collision between a bus and a timber truck in south western France at 7.30 on Friday morning.
The figure was revised in the afternoon after the remains of the truck driver’s son, a three-year-old boy, were found in the truck’s cabin, the local prefecture confirmed.
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All eight survivors were in hospital, three of whom were sent to Bordeaux for brain trauma and burns. The other five are in a local hospital. None are critically injured, an official report said.
The accident, the worst in 33 years, occurred 60 kilometres east of Bordeaux, near the village of Puisseguin on the departmental road D17.
TV images showed the charred shell of the burned out coach, which was carrying senior citizens from the local region on a day trip. Both vehicles were engulfed in flames as a result of the crash.
Most of the victims died in the fire, according to emergency workers and local authorities in the department of Gironde. The bus driver is understood to have survived. The truck driver and his young passenger did not survive.
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Xavier Sublett, the mayor of the tiny village of Puisseguin, said it was “clearly” the truck that lost control.
“It crossed to the other side of the road. The bus driver saw the accident before it happened and tried to avoid it, but the truck hit into him,” he told RTL.
“He couldn’t do anything to stop it, but he managed to press the release button to open the doors and allow people to get off.”
Around 60 firefighters were called to the scene to deal with the crash.
The bus, which was carrying 49 passengers and a driver, had departed early Friday from Petit-Palais-et-Cornemps village near the site of the accident to take its elderly passengers out on an excursion to the Basque country in south western France.
A local authority press release says there are eight people injured: two with brain trauma, two with burns and four lightly injured, in addition to the 42 people killed.
They have set up a support centre for relatives in a local school.
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