Posted by: pinkturtle2 | Jun 3, 2008

Train-Bus Collision Kills 7 Children

A train and a bus carrying schoolchildren collided Monday at a railroad crossing in the French Alps. Seven children were killed in the accident and two dozen other people were injured. Part of the rear of the bus, seen here, was ripped off and the roof caved in.

The front of the train was badly mangled following the crash, which occurred near the town of Allinges. The train was en route to Geneva, Switzerland, from Evian, France. Several people on board had minor injuries, authorities said.

Police and rescuer workers stand around the wreckage of the bus. An investigation was under way, but the SNCF train authority said it appeared the train crossing was functioning normally at the time of the accident. Both the bus driver and the train operator were in shock, police said.

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Train crashes into school bus at crossing in French Alps, killing 7 children

ALLINGES, France (June 2) – A train slammed into a bus carrying schoolchildren at a railroad crossing in the French Alps on Monday, killing seven children and injuring 24 people, regional officials said.

The bus was carrying 50 middle-school students, five adults and a driver on a field trip to a historic village on the shores of Lake Geneva, according to the gendarmes service in the Haute-Savoie region. The collision ripped off part of the bus’ rear and caused its roof to cave in.

The seven dead were all children on the bus, according to the regional administration. Three of the injured bus passengers were in serious condition. Several passengers on the train, on a route between Evian in France and Geneva, Switzerland, also had light injuries. Authorities had originally said 30 people were injured.

The accident occurred near the town of Allinges, near the Swiss border. The SNCF train authority said it appeared the train crossing was functioning normally at the time of the accident, and that investigations were under way to find out the cause of the accident.

The drivers of both the bus and train were in shock, gendarmes said.

Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, junior minister for transport Dominique Bussereau, and the head of the SNCF, Guillaume Pepy, visited the site. French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute to the victims during a speech on education in the presidential palace Monday. …more

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