Forty-two people were killed Friday near Bordeaux when a bus collided with a truck in France’s worst road accident for more than three decades.
“Around 7:30 this morning, a truck hit a bus, which then caught fire,” Gerard Dupuy, deputy mayor of the town of Puisseguin, southwest France, said on France Info radio. “It happened on a dangerous turn,” he said, adding that accidents had previously occurred there.
French President Francois Hollande called the accident a “terrible tragedy” in a tweet on Friday morning:
Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are heading to the site of the accident. Speaking from Athens, President Francois Hollande expressed sympathy for the victims and said every effort will be made to find what caused the accident.
The bus passengers were mostly older people from a nearby town on a one-day tourist trip, the Associated Press reported.