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At Least 43 Dead in Head-on collision between bus & lorry @ France.

So far the firefighters reported 39 confirmed dead. Some media say it are 42.
-Update: 41 bus passengers, the lorry driver and his son has died. The busdriver survived with minor injuries.

A fully loaded bus with elderly people and a truck crashed frontaly into each other and they both burned to the ground.. only 5 made it out alive

Update 1: 2 of five wounded survivors are in critical condition. They suffered major burns while one of the other injured has an head injury
Indentification of the dead is going to be difficult since all boddy's became a bit crunchy

Update 2:

One of the survivors described the desperate efforts to rescue people from the burning coach.

“The fire broke out straight away – it was like lightning,” 73-year-old retired carpenter Jean-Claude Leonardet, who managed to escape the burning vehicle, told Le Parisien newspaper.

“We went back to pull out two people who were trapped on the stairs and couldn’t get out,” he said. “We couldn’t go back there – the fire and the smoke were overwhelming.”


www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34613637


BORDEAUX - At least 42 people, most of them elderly, were killed when a coach collided with a lorry in southwestern France early Friday, a fire service official said. All but one of the victims were passengers on the coach, while the other fatality was the driver of the lorry, local authorities in the prefecture of Gironde said.

The two vehicles collided head-on near the village of Puisseguin north of Bordeaux. The crash is the deadliest in France since 1982.

"The French government has fully mobilised after this terrible tragedy," President Francois Hollande said from Athens, where he is on an official visit.

Five passengers -- who managed to escape from the coach, which had caught fire -- sustained light injuries. Three others were unharmed, local authorities said.

Several emergency vehicles were dispatched to the scene.

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

A resident told TV channel I-tele that the crash occurred at a turn known to locals as dangerous.

-This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.

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Re: At Least 39 - 42 Dead in Single French Traffic Accident

Apparently bus was full of elderly people...
Crash happened about 07:30am local time.
A major rescue system was set up on the scene with 60 firefighters mobilized to extinguish the fire.

A new report 49 dead and five slightly wounded.<--- That was false alarm! Still reported 42 dead.

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According to Gerard Caesar, Senator of Gironde, "it will take several days to identify victims.

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Re: At Least 39 - 42 Dead in Single French Traffic Accident

Well, it would have taken a lot of water to put out the dry tinder of those old bones, that's for sure...

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I found a live streaming but can't play it....
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Re: At Least 42 Dead in Head-on collision between bus & lorry France.

latest: 42 death, 8 wounded of which 4 critical

Driver of truck lost control of the wheel, just in the curve so entering the opposite lane.

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2 head injuries, 2 heavily burned

cause likely bad maintenance of the roads

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Re: At Least 42 Dead in Head-on collision between bus & lorry France.

Terrible. Dying in a combination vehicle accident/fire must be one of the worst ways to go.

Hopefully that stretch of road will be redesigned so it's safer.

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Re: At Least 42 Dead in Head-on collision between bus & lorry France.

Sixty firefighters, supported by twenty vehicles and helicopters are on site. 180 policemen were also deployed.

A psychological cell was set up for families and friends at school, town hall square in Puisseguin. A chapel was erected in the multipurpose room.

The Prime Minister Manuel Valls, the Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and the Secretary of State for Transport, Alain Vidal, arrived late morning on the scene.

Google Maps from crash site https://goo.gl/maps/MPK6LA5M4mu


UPDATE:
The former mayor of Petit-Palais and chairman of the senior club, Michel Rogerie died in the accident.
The mayor of Petit-Palais Patricia Raichini have lost three family members in the crash.

PS deputy of the Gironde: "The truck was empty, there was no flammable products"

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