The largest traffic accident in 33 years struck France on Friday morning killing at least 43 people and injuring nearly a dozen more.
The largest and most violent traffic accident in 33 years happened on Friday morning in a small rural town in France killing at least 43 people and injuring nearly a dozen more. The accident occurred between a large truck and a huge passenger bus carrying elderly sightseers in the southwest of France.
The crash happened at around 7:30 AM on Friday morning when a large 18 wheeler type truck swerved out while trying to negotiate a sharp curve in a rural roadway, according to The New York Times. The truck was a lumber truck and it was completely loaded with wood. The huge truck crashed headlong into the bus and both of the vehicles exploded and were engulfed in fire. The accident happened about five miles from the small French town of Puisseguin.
The bus was loaded with members of a senior citizen’s club that were touring the southern portion of the country. The bend in the road was a blind one and the width of the road made it almost impossible for the two vehicles to swerve away from one another. The driver of the truck was among those that were killed as well as his three year old son who was with him in the truck.
The prime minister of France declared that the scene was “horrifying” and that such an accident has not been seen in the country since 1982. The president of the country stated that it was, indeed, a sad and unfortunate time for France. The cause of the crash remains under investigation as more than 250 police officers were rushed to the scene. The bus driver, who was severely wounded, risked his life to try and get as many of his passengers off the bus as possible.
A police colonel who was acting as a spokesman said that it could take nearly a month to positively identify the dead bodies. They are so badly burned that some may not be recognizable or identifiable at all.