Wednesday 7 December 2016

At least six children dead as school minibus crashes into truck in France

It is the second fatal incident involving a French school bus in as many days

Published 11/02/2016 | 08:39

French police work near the wreckage of a school minibus after it crashed into a truck near Rochefort on February 11, 2016, killing at least six children, police said, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead
French police work near the wreckage of a school minibus after it crashed into a truck near Rochefort on February 11, 2016, killing at least six children, police said, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead
French police work near the wreckage of a school minibus after it crashed into a truck near Rochefort on February 11, 2016, killing at least six children, police said, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead
A French police officer stands near the wreckage of a school minibus after it crashed into a truck near Rochefort on February 11, 2016, killing at least six children, police said, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead
French police work near the wreckage of a school minibus after it crashed into a truck in Rochefort on February 11, 2016, killing at least six children, police said, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead
French police work near the wreckage of a school minibus after it crashed into a truck in Rochefort on February 11, 2016, killing at least six children, police said, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead
French police work near the wreckage of a school minibus after it crashed into a truck in Rochefort on February 11, 2016, killing at least six children, police said, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead

Police say six people have died after a school minibus crashed into a truck near Rochefort in western France.

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Local media reports described all those killed in the crash as “pupils”, though this was not confirmed by police. Others are reported to have been badly injured.

A French police officer stands near the wreckage of a school minibus after it crashed into a truck near Rochefort on February 11, 2016, killing at least six children, police said, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead
A French police officer stands near the wreckage of a school minibus after it crashed into a truck near Rochefort on February 11, 2016, killing at least six children, police said, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead

The school bus was carrying an unknown number of passengers when in collided head-on with a truck carrying construction materials at around 7.15am local time (6.15am GMT).

Speaking to France Bleu radio, a local councillor described the “horror” of the crash scene and a large emergency services presence.

It came almost exactly 24 hours after a boy aged 12 and a girl aged 15 were killed when a driver of another school bus lost control in snowy conditions near Montflovin, eastern France.

The driver had been taking 33 children to school, and he and another six children were injured as the bus overturned. An investigation into the cause of that crash has been opened, though a collision with another vehicle was ruled out.

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