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