One dead, five injured in Dutch bus accident: officials
A Eurolines bus from the Netherlands ran off a motorway in northern France Friday, leaving at least one person dead and five others seriously injured, rescue officials said.
The bus was carrying 52 passengers of Dutch and British nationalities and had just entered France on the A2 motorway from Belgium.
"It appears the driver dozed off," a police official said.
Both French and Belgian firefighters responded to the accident. Two rescue helicopters were also dispatched to scene.
Two of the seriously injured passengers trapped in the bus had to be removed through the windows, an AFP photographer reported.
The uninjured passengers were taken to the municipal hall in the French town of Crespin.
The accident disrupted Friday night traffic on the A2 but the autoroute was not completely closed off, police said.
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