US teenagers fly home after fatal crash near Paris

19th April 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 19 (AFP) - A group of young US teenagers hurt in a fatal coach crash outside Paris on the weekend was to fly home Monday while French officials looked into the cause of the accident, the US embassy here said.

PARIS, April 19 (AFP) - A group of young US teenagers hurt in a fatal coach crash outside Paris on the weekend was to fly home Monday while French officials looked into the cause of the accident, the US embassy here said.

One of the boys on the bus was killed when the vehicle ran off a freeway and into a ditch Sunday near Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport, where the group was to have boarded a flight for the US city of Atlanta.

French police on Monday gave the boy's age as 13, correcting their earlier information that he was 16.

The US embassy declined to name him, but US media from the group's home state of North Carolina identified the boy on their websites as Matt Helms of Jacksonville and said he was part of a state soccer team that had been playing matches in Europe.

An embassy spokesman said around 20 of the youths would be flown back to the United States later Monday after being put up free-of-charge at the Disneyland Paris theme park overnight.

Three teens, aged 13 and 14, were badly hurt in the crash and were to remain in hospital. Another 11 people were more moderately injured, including the vehicle's two drivers. The coach was carrying a total of 35 people.

The two drivers were being detained by police after initial investigations suggested excessive speed was to blame.

The bus had careered off a rain-slicked motorway into a ditch as it was getting close to the airport after a 420-kilometre (260-mile) trip from the western city of Nantes, where the soccer team had taken part in a game.

© AFP

                                                               Subject: French news

0 Comments To This Article