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Pensioners killed in French truck collision

October 23, 2015 6:34 pm

The crash happened on a country road near Puisseguin in the Gironde wine region, east of Bordeaux. Both vehicles then caught fire.

France’s president promised a full investigation into what he called an “immense tragedy”.

It is the worst French road disaster since 1982, when 52 people died.

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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. Local people reported seeing a plume of smoke from several kilometres away.

Video on French television showed two blackened vehicles, with the bus facing the wood-transporter’s trailer, its cab skewed to one side.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls, speaking from the scene, said the victims had died “in atrocious conditions”.

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