France road crash kills at least 42

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A terrible tragedy happened in France this morning.

At least 42 people have died after a bus and a lorry collided head-on and burst into flames in southwestern France, rescue services said.

The two vehicles were travelling along a road in Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion, near the town of Libourne to the east of Bordeaux, when they collided and burst into flames at around 7.30am local time.

At least eight people managed to escape from the burning bus, local media reported. The driver of the bus was believed to be among the dead.

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Most of the passengers were thought to be adults. Europe 1 radio said they were pensioners who were setting off on an outing.

“France is in mourning. We’re all sad and shocked by this accident,” President Francois Hollande said, speaking in Athens.

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