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Six Teenagers Killed in a School Bus Accident in Rochefort

Six teenagers were killed in a crash between a school bus and a truck on Thursday morning in Rochefort in Charente-Maritime. Three people were injured.

Six teenagers were killed in a crash between a school bus and a truck on Thursday morning at 7:15 am in the centre of Rochefort (Charente-Maritime), at Louis Bachelard street. Three people were slightly injured.

According to initial findings, the truck had lost part of his trailer that hit the school bus from behind.

According to France 3 Poitou-Charentes, the bus driver and the driver of the truck were both taken into custody.

 

The bus came from the island of Oléron and headed towards Surgères says Charente-Maritime prefecture in a statement.


Questioned by France Bleu La Rochelle, Dominique Bussereau explained that “according to the information that [he] was given by the prefect (…) there is a bus line 6s that was in the port area of Rochefort that is a regular line. “

According to a spokesman for the group Keolis (SNCF subsidiary), because it belongs to the departmental network The Gulls, operated by a subsidiary of Keolis Littoral.

The school bus had just left Oleron Island and headed to Surgères.
The school bus had just left Oleron Island and headed to Surgères. | Google maps

Youth aged 16 to 18 years

The accident involved 17 people: 15 children and two drivers. 9 people were supported by the emergency services. They  were transported to hospitals in Saintes and La Rochelle.

Police and emergency services are on site. A total of 57 firefighters and three mobile structures and emergency resuscitation (MUG) are mobilized.

According to Jerome Servolle, the Unsa Police trade union, questioned by iTélé, teenagers went to the vocational school of Surgères. They were all between 16 and 18 years.

According francetvinfo The town of Surgères confirms that the bus served both the college and the Lycée in the town. The mayor, Catherine Desprez, has visited the site.

“The alcohol screenings on both drivers are negative” also said Mr. Servolle.

 

The investigation was entrusted to the PJ police and public safety Charente-Maritime.

 

Trailer Detached

According to initial findings, the Lorry had lost its trailer, coming detached, that came crashing down on one side of the bus while the two vehicles crossed the roadway, said a statement from the Interior Ministry.

 

The mayor of Rochefort, Hervé Blanché, explained that the weather was moderately rainy at the time of the accident, but the rain did not seem concerned and the street where the accident occurred, which runs along the port area, presents no particular traffic problem.

According to the first elements collected by France Bleu La Rochelle, the side of the trailer, that retains the load,  detached from the truck that hit the bus.

“The flatbed was open at about a 90 degree angle when the truck crossed the bus and came slicing almost up windows” , said Jérôme Servolle, the UNSA union Police, interviewed on BFM TV . “imagine the damage, carnage” , he stressed, indicating that the output of the body was underway shortly before 10:00.

The jagged coach

The white bus was shredded whole length of the left side, just below the windows, most of which were shattered, noted AFP correspondents.  The greatest impact was on the left rear of the vehicle.

symbolic chapel

A crisis unit was activated and an information number for families set up: 0811000617

Hervé Blanché, the mayor of Rochefort said Thursday on ITélé a chapel prepares to host families.It is installed in the gymnasium of the old town of Rochefort.


However, this Shrine will be symbolic. The bodies will be directly transferred in Poitiers, France Bleu La Rochelle.

 

 

he accident involved 17 people: 15 children and two drivers.
he accident involved 17 people: 15 children and two drivers. | Xavier Leoty – AFP
57 firefighters and 25 police officers were mobilized.
57 firefighters and 25 police officers were mobilized. | Xavier Leoty – AFP

Condolences Hollande

“All light must be shed on the circumstances of this tragedy,” said President, adding that “the president expressed his sorrow” .

“The President of the Republic addressed to relatives of the victims its deepest condolences and assure them of the solidarity of the entire nation” , writes the presidency.

“Pain and compassion after the accident because of school in Rochefort which took 6 young lives” , reacted Manuel Valls on Twitter.


According to the Presidency, “the plane NOVI (many victims, Ed) was immediately activated and all services are on hand to provide the necessary help and support families” .

Several ministers expected on site

The Secretary of State for Transport Alain Vidal and Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of Education. are on site.


The Minister for Ecology Ségolène Royal is expected as well as Dominique Bussereau, President of the Departmental Council of Charente-Maritime.

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