Five burn to death in S France road crash

19th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

LYON, France, July 18 (AFP) - Five people were burned to death in a traffic accident in southeast France Sunday when the van they were travelling in hit a wall and burst into flames, police and fire authorities said.

LYON, France, July 18 (AFP) - Five people were burned to death in a traffic accident in southeast France Sunday when the van they were travelling in hit a wall and burst into flames, police and fire authorities said.  

The victims, two adults and three young people aged between 16 and 20, were trapped in their vehicle.  

The accident, whose cause has not been established, happened in the early afternoon 10 kilometres (six miles) south of the town of Valence on a main road usually busy during the holiday season.  

The van belonged to a local branch of the Emmaus charity which works on behalf of the homeless and those on the margins of society.  

After the accident, brush bordering the road caught fire and the flames spread to nearby railway tracks. Both the road and the railway were temporarily closed to traffic.

 

© AFP

 

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