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Dozens Of Elderly Tourists Killed In Fiery Bus Crash Near Bordeaux, France

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 23/10/2015 Dominique Mosbergen
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At least 42 people were killed after a bus and a truck collided in the south of France on Friday morning.

The two vehicles crashed head-on near the town of Puisseguin, located about 35 miles from the city of Bordeaux, according to a statement released by the French government. Both vehicles caught on fire, and dozens of firefighters were reportedly deployed to the scene.

The cause of the accident is unknown. French authorities launched a preliminary investigation of the crash on Friday, the AP reported.

The passengers of the bus were mostly elderly people going on a day trip, the French government said. Eight people survived the crash, including four with serious injuries. According to the BBC, the driver of the lorry is one of the deceased.


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French President Francois Hollande, who is currently visiting Greece, tweeted on Friday that the government "is fully mobilized around this terrible tragedy."


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In a statement, Hollande said that Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are headed to the site of the crash.

The mayor of Bordeux, Alain Juppé, said he will also be visiting the scene.

"We are overcome with emotion," Puisseguin’s Mayor Patricia Raichin told France Bleu Gironde, per RT.com.

According to French news outlet Sud Ouest, Raichin lost three family members in the crash.

The outlet notes that this is the worst road accident in France since 31 July, 1982, when more than 50 people, including dozens of children and teens, died when a bus crashed in the town of Beaune.

 

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