Bus crash kills at least 42 in southwest France

PARIS — At least 42 people, mostly elderly tourists starting off on a day trip, were killed Friday when a bus and truck collided on a country road in wine country in southwest France, officials said. The cause and circumstances of the crash — near the village of Puisseguin, about 50 kilometers east of Bordeaux — were unclear. Scores of emergency workers rushed to the scene. Les gendarmes dressent un périmètre de sécurité devant la salle des fêtes où les blessés sont soignés. #Puisseguin pic.twitter.com/n3CepiyifK — France Bleu Gironde (@Bleu_Gironde) October 23, 2015 The death toll may have been so unusually high because the bus caught fire, an official with the national gendarme service said. The official was not authorized to be publicly named. French President Francois Hollande, on a visit to Greece, said the government was "totally mobilized" to help after what he called a "terrible accident." Un accident a provoqué de nombreux morts en Gironde. Le gouvernement français est totalement mobilisé sur cette terrible tragédie. — François Hollande (@fhollande) October 23, 2015 The bus was carrying mostly elderly people from nearby towns on a one-day tourist trip to another site in southwest France, and had just left when it collided with the truck, legislator Gilles Savary said on BFM television. He called it one of the deadliest accidents in recent years. French media reports said some people managed to escape, notably by breaking windows. The weather in the region was overcast Friday morning but not rainy. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. window._msla=window.loadScriptAsync||function(src,id){if(document.getElementById(id))return;var js=document.createElement('script');js.id=id;js.src=src;document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0].parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}; _msla("//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js","twitter_jssdk");