Bus crash kills at least 24 Polish nationals in France

At least 24 people died and 12 were gravely injured Sunday when a bus carrying Polish pilgrims left the road and crashed into a river near the south-eastern French city of Grenoble, France- Info radio reported.

Bus crash kills at least 24 Polish nationals in France
At least 24 people died and 12 were gravely injured Sunday when a bus carrying Polish pilgrims left the road and crashed into a river near the south-eastern French city of Grenoble, France- Info radio reported.

In addition, two people were still missing and believed trapped in the wreck of the bus or drowned in the river.

According to witnesses, the driver appeared be travelling too fast on a steep 7-kilometre descent and the brakes failed to slow the vehicle's speed.

The bus then left the road in a curve at the bottom of the hill, struck a parapet, burst into flames and tumbled some 30 metres into the Romanche River.

'There were bodies everywhere. It was like the end of the world. I've never seen anything like it,' one witness told France-Info.

The more than 50 Polish nationals aboard the bus were returning from a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Notre Dame de la Salette, which is located about 50 kilometres south of Grenoble.

Most of the passengers came from the city of Cracow and the surrounding area.

DPA

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2007, 15:06
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