11 August 2013, 12:48

No Russian casualties in French bus crash

No Russian casualties in French bus crash

The authority of the Aude department in southern France has said there are no Russian casualties among the 44 passengers of the bus that plummeted overnight off the road near the town of Fitou.

The department’s administration said they were still working to formally identify the passengers, although only one has said he was a Russian. The man reportedly sustained minor injuries and “his life is out of danger,” the prefecture’s spokesperson told the media.

The majority of people travelling aboard the Eurolines bus were from France and Spain.

Bus plunges off road in France, may have had Russians aboard

A bus allegedly carrying Russians and Ukrainians, among its 44 passengers, crashed overnight in the department of Aude in southern France, French media report. The Russian Consulate General in Monaco and France has told the Voice of Russia they are still checking the information about Russian nationals who might have travelled on the crashed bus.

The Eurolines bus was going from Marseille to the city of Murcia in south-eastern Spain when it careened off the highway at about 1:03 am local time (23:30 GMT) and fell several meters, killing two people and wounding 30.

The victims are a woman from Spain and supposedly a Frenchman. Three more passengers are reported to be in critical condition. The police are trying to establish their nationalities. The Nouvel Observateur claims the passengers are of Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish and French descent. It was also reported that the three drivers aboard the bus were a Frenchman, a Spaniard and a Ukrainian.

Police have named two possible causes of the crash. They say the driver could have fallen asleep at the wheel, while the second version is that the driver and a passenger had a bitter exchange, during which the latter had purportedly pulled at the wheel, causing the bus to whiz off the road.

Voice of Russia, RIA, TASS

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