The passengers of the minibus, including a child and his parents have died on the spot …
A minibus collided with a truck in the Allier in the night from Thursday to Friday, killing its 12 passengers en route to Portugal for the Easter weekend, announced the Prefecture.
The accident occurred between Moulins and Montbeugny around midnight on National Highway 79. “The twelve passengers of the minibus, a priori all of Portuguese nationality, died,” reports the newspaper La Montagne .
According to the regional newspaper, the passengers of the minibus, including a child and his parents were killed instantly when their vehicle collided head a truck coming in the face. The drivers of both vehicles survived.
RN79 off until Friday morning
According to the two Italian drivers of heavy vehicles, slightly injured but shocked, interviewed by the gendarmes of the motorized brigade of Yzeure, the minivan will be deported to the left, hitting the truck, which had no clearance for to avoid.
The driver of the minibus had not been drinking, its alcohol testing emerged as negative, we have learned from a judicial source. Prosecutors in Moulins has opened an investigation into the circumstances of the accident, entrusted to the gendarmerie. Why did the minibus veered off course? Was the driver he asleep? Is there excess speed involved? So many questions that must be answered.
A chapel was erected to house the bodies of victims in the hall of Montbeugny, about fifteen kilometres from Moulins. The RN79 should remain off until at least 9 am Friday morning. Deviations were introduced.