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[VIDEO] – Tour Bus Collides with Truck Killing 42 Elderly Passengers in France

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Emergency crews remove an injured person from the site of a bus-truck collision in Puisseguin, France
Emergency crews remove an injured person from the site of a bus-truck collision in Puisseguin, France

 

 

FRANCE – At least 42 pensioners are dead after a bus carrying the elderly day-trippers collided head-on with a truck and caught fire near Bordeaux early on Friday, in France’s worst road crash in more than 30 years.

Another eight people were injured in the collision on a country road near Puisseguin in the Gironde region about 60 km (35 miles) east of Bordeaux, the local prefect’s office said in a statement.

The bus was carrying about 50 seniors south to the Bearn region from their homes in the village of Petit Palais and surrounding hamlets, all just a few kilometres away from the crash site, said officials.

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A spokesman for the interior ministry said that, as far as he could tell, all the passengers were French and from the region.

President Francois Hollande, speaking on a visit to Athens, said he had been “plunged into sadness by the tragedy” and Prime Minister Manuel Valls and other ministers were heading to the crash site.

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