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North: 22 Injured on the A16 in a Road Accident between a Bus and a Truck

A road accident between a bus carrying Dutch teenagers and Polish truck occurred on the A16 at Gravelines (North) has injured twenty-two this Thursday morning, one serious, we have learned from sources.

The collision between the Dutch bus and the Polish Truck, occurred around 4.45 am in the north of France, halfway between the two port cities of Dunkirk and Calais, according to the North Prefecture. The highway was closed for many hours to traffic.  But traffic has resumed normally by mid morning, said a journalist from AFP.

22 people have been injured after a road accident on the A16
The bus was carrying 57 people on board, “teenagers supervised by adults,” said the prefecture. | AFP

The bus driver, who was seriously injured, in the road accident was transported by helicopter to the hospital in Lille. Twenty-one slightly injured were referred to the hospital in Dunkirk and thirty people was hosted in a room made available by the nearby town of Bourbourg.

The Polish truck appears to have hit the curb, crossing the lanes and hitting the Dutch bus head-on, said departmental operational center of fire and rescue North. Further investigations are being made.

The bus driver, in serious condition, was transported by helicopter to hospital in Lille. | AFP
The bus driver, in serious condition, was transported by helicopter to hospital in Lille. | AFP

The front of the bus was completely crushed including the position of the driver. The bus was carrying 57 people on board, “teenagers supervised by adults,” said the prefecture.

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