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Bus crash kills 3 on French border

Published on 08/08/2007

8 August 2007

DUNKERQUE (AP) – A Polish bus crashed on a highway interchange in rainy conditions on the Franco-Belgian border Wednesday, killing three people just two weeks after 26 Polish pilgrims died in a bus crash in the French Alps, police said.

Some 25 of the bus’ 47 passengers were injured in Wednesday’s crash, six of them seriously, according to Anne Gabrelle of the Nord region police administration.

The accident occurred on the A-16 highway near the Belgian border, as the bus was crossing from Belgium into France on a journey from Poland to England.

Preliminary reports said the driver lost control of the car while trying to enter a rest area and overturned. It was raining at the time.

On 22 July, a Polish bus transporting 50 people visiting a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site near Laffrey plummeted into a ravine and burst into flames, killing 26 people. The 22-year-old driver had taken a steep Alpine route where heavy trucks and buses are normally banned.

[Copyright AP 2007]

Subject: Belgian news