Bus crash in France kills 42

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Bus crash in France

CNN – (October 23, 2015) — At least 42 people have died in a collision between a bus and a truck in southern France  on Friday morning, according to a local government spokesman.

“It was a bus carrying elderly people,” Mael Gohaud, a spokesman for the Gironde Prefecture told CNN. “There are five people who are injured, and three people safe.”

The crash took place on the D17 highway in Puisseguin, near Bordeaux, in southern France, the spokesman said.

Eight people “escaped the flames,” BFMTV, a CNN affiliate in France, reported.

The crash took place at 7:30 Friday morning, BFMTV reported. Most of the victims of the accident, which the TV station described on its website as a head-on collision on a narrow road, were on the bus. The driver of the truck was also killed, the station reported.

As far as authorities know, Gohaud told CNN, no children were involved in the crash.