52 hurt in French school holiday bus crash

16th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

SAINT-MARTIN D'ESTREAUX, France, Jan 15 (AFP) - Fifty-two occupants of a French coach taking schoolchildren home from a winter sports holiday were injured in the early hours on Saturday when the vehicle hit a traffic circle and went off the road in cold and foggy weather, rescue officials said.

SAINT-MARTIN D'ESTREAUX, France, Jan 15 (AFP) - Fifty-two occupants of a French coach taking schoolchildren home from a winter sports holiday were injured in the early hours on Saturday when the vehicle hit a traffic circle and went off the road in cold and foggy weather, rescue officials said.

Seven of the injured were seriously hurt. They included the driver, who was aged 70, and five children.

The accident occurred at around 2:00 am on a trunk road in the central Loire region.

Police said a breathalyser test on the driver was negative.

The 47 children in the coach were aged 12 and 13 and were from a school in the Loire region town of Monrichard.

© AFP

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