Two Japanese women die in bus crash near Paris

25th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

VERSAILLES, France, April 25 (AFP) - Two female Japanese tourists were killed and a dozen others were injured Monday when their bus veered off a highway outside Paris and landed in a ditch, officials said.

VERSAILLES, France, April 25 (AFP) - Two female Japanese tourists were killed and a dozen others were injured Monday when their bus veered off a highway outside Paris and landed in a ditch, officials said.  

It was not immediately clear why the bus, which was carrying a total of 14 tourists, left the A13 highway west of Paris. It ploughed through a guardrail and landed on its right side in a ditch that was several meters (yards) deep.  

Some 60 fire-fighters and emergency personnel were working in the late afternoon to free the bodies of the two women killed from the wreckage of the vehicle.  

Twelve other tourists were hurt in the accident, two of them seriously.   

Those with the worst injuries were to be taken to hospital by helicopter.  

The 14 Japanese tourists, aged from 27 to 74, were heading to the Gothic-style Benedictine abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, one of France's top tourist attractions perched on a rocky islet between Normandy and Brittany.  

Regional officials said they had alerted the Japanese embassy in Paris.   

Preliminary investigations showed that the driver, a French national, had no alcohol in his blood at the time of the accident. But he was unable to tell investigators what had happened to cause the accident.

© AFP

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