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Horrific bus crash in France leaves 42 dead

Horrific bus crash in France leaves 42 deadAt least 42 people have died after a bus carrying senior citizens collided with a lorry in south western France. The accident is France's deadliest road tragedy in over 30 years.

Officials said that 42 people have died in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck in south western France on Friday morning.

The accident, the worst in 33 years, occurred 60 kilometres east of Bordeaux at 7.30am, near the village of Puisseguin on the departmental road 123.

The bus burst into flames on impact, as did the lorry, which was transporting wood. Around 60 firefighters were called to the scene to deal with the crash.

A butcher in the village told The Local that reports say the bus skidded as it went round a bit and smashed into the truck.

"It's a disaster. The village is in shock," Mr Paludetto said. "The crash happened a few hundred metres away. All the roads are blocked.

"There are helicopters above and firefighters and police are everywhere. There must be at least 10 ambulances."

Another resident living nearby said: "It happened just behind us, but we didn't see it, the first thing we knew was when we heard all the sirens."
Horrific bus crash in France leaves 42 dead

The crash occurred at a turn known to locals as dangerous, local media reported.

France's President Francois Hollande has said "the French government has totally mobilised after this terrible tragedy".

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will visit the site later in the day.
Horrific bus crash in France leaves 42 dead

The bus, which was carrying 49 passengers and a driver, had departed early Friday from the Petit-Palais village near the site of the accident to take its elderly passengers out on an excursion to Dordogne.

Source: thelocal.fr and agencies
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