Coach crash leaves 42 dead in southwest France

At least 42 people were killed in head-on collision between a coach and a truck in southwest France on Friday, local police said.

The crash near the village of Puisseguin in the Gironde region happened at around 7.30 a.m. (0530GMT) and, according to the Sud Ouest newspaper, involved a coach carrying an elderly holiday party.

“An accident caused many deaths in the Gironde. The French government is fully mobilized on this terrible tragedy,” French President Francois Hollande tweeted. He is currently on a two-day visit to Greece.

It is the deadliest road accident since 1982 when 53 people were killed in a road accident in Beaune, eastern France.

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