Crash in France leaves at least 42 dead

Published Fri, 23/10/2015 - 08:23

Reports from France show that at least 42 people have been killed in a crash in the south-west of the country.

The two vehicles are reported to have collided head-on near Libourne, in the Gironde region, east of Bordeaux.

A fire official told the Agence France Presse that the dead were mostly adult passengers on the bus. The lorry driver was also killed. 

France's president said he had been "plunged into sadness by the tragedy". Prime Minister Manuel Valls is at the scene.

It is the worst French road disaster since 1982, when 52 people died.The bus collided with the timber truck at 07:30 local time, at what local residents described as a notoriously dangerous bend in the road. Both vehicles quickly caught fire.

The French government said 42 people had died and nine people were injured, four seriously.Most of the dead were the elderly passengers who became trapped in the bus. It was not clear if the bus driver was among the dead. The lorry driver was originally included in the death toll, but unconfirmed reports say he may have managed to escape.