In the worst motor-coach accident ever recording in France at least 43 people died on Wednesday night (July 18).
LV Wrecked bus by river TILT UP to bridge
CU Danger sign and La Romanche River sign
GV Police at bridge
LV Bridge PAN to coach
CU Damage to coach (2 shots)
CU Coach east in river
CU Wrecked coach and broken parapet
GV Lorry crossing bridge TILT down to coach and river
Initials ES. 2.30 ES. 2.38
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Background: In the worst motor-coach accident ever recording in France at least 43 people died on Wednesday night (July 18). The coach, carrying a party of Belgian tourists, plunged over a bridge into the swollen Romanche River near the Alpine town of Vizille.
Three hundred rescue workers, including frogmen worked throughout the night to recover bodies from the raging waters. According to eyewitnesses, the coach slowed down as it approached a bridge over the Romanche -- a local accident black-spot. Then the vehicle suddenly gathered speed, smashed through the parapet and plunged 25 meters into the torrent.
Only six people, including a priest and a 13-year-old boy, survived the crash. All the Belgian passengers were returning to the Mons area after a holiday on the French Fiviera.