Four dead in France as Russian coach hits lorry

6th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

SENLIS, France, Sept 5, 2006 (AFP) - Four people were killed and 40 injured, including 10 seriously, when a coach carrying Russian tourists slammed into the back of a lorry on a motorway north of Paris on Tuesday, police said.

SENLIS, France, Sept 5, 2006 (AFP) - Four people were killed and 40 injured, including 10 seriously, when a coach carrying Russian tourists slammed into the back of a lorry on a motorway north of Paris on Tuesday, police said.

The accident happened mid-afternoon on the Paris-bound lane of the A1 motorway near Senlis, 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of the capital.

The coach crashed for an as yet undetermined reason into the back of the lorry, which was stationary at the time.

The dead included two women around 50 years old, who were passengers in the front row of the coach, the driver and another man, who may have been the second driver. All four were Russians.

"The impact was very violent," a police officer said.

Rescue-workers and fire-fighters, including two helicopters and around 15 ambulances, were rushed to the scene.

The injured, aged between 30 and 50 years old, were transported to nearby hospitals while the other passengers were taken to a hotel near Paris.

The tourists were en route from Moscow to Paris when the accident occurred.

An earlier accident involving a German truck carrying whisky around 15 kilometers to the south on the same road had caused a traffic jam which may have been a reason for the coach crash, police said.

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Subject: French news

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