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42 die in road crash in southern France

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 01:01

At least 42 people are dead after a bus collided head-on with a truck near Bordeaux in France. Rough Cut-subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Forty-two mostly elderly people died when a bus and a truck collided head-on and caught fire near Bordeaux early on Friday, officials said, in France's worst road crash in decades. Another five people were injured in the collision on a country road near Puisseguin in the Gironde region about 60km (35 miles) east of Bordeaux, an official from the local prefect's office said. 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". The bus was carrying about 50 day-trippers south to the Landes region from their home in the village of Petit Palais just a few kilometers away from the crash side, officials said. Media reports said the accident was the most deadly road accident in France for more than 30 years.

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42 die in road crash in southern France

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 01:01