Monday, November 14, 2016

What we know of the fatal collision between a school bus and a truck in the Pas-de-Calais – Franceinfo

The shock was extremely violent. A collision between a truck and a school bus, carrying school students, was a death and three serious injuries, two of which were between life and death, Monday, November 14, on the town of Bavincourt, near Arras (Pas-de-Calais).

“An awesome backup device has been deployed” relays the Voice of The North. Dozens of fire trucks, the Ambulance and the police got to the scene, silo, fifty-eight fire fighters, forty constables, and five teams nursing of the Smur Pas-de-Calais and the Somme, according to the newspaper. Franceinfo is the point on the main information related to the accident.

What happened ?

For a reason still unknown, the collision between the two vehicles occurred around 7: 45 a.m. in a long straight line of RN 25 linking Arras and Amiens, the town of Bavincourt, 20 km south-west of the capital of the Pas-de-Calais.

According to the first elements of the investigation, a semi-trailer loaded with beets was suddenly deported on the left of the roadway, colliding with full force, at the level of the driving position, the car that was coming opposite. The vehicle of transport to school is made completely across the roadway at a right angle, its rear wheels are resting on the bottom-side.

Under the violence of the shock, the driver of the truck was ejected from the cab of the vehicle, which caught fire while the trailer stayed on the road, according to the prefecture. The load is fully spread on the floor, in a radius of several tens of meters.

The bus was carrying 12 young people, according to the prefecture of the Pas-de-Calais, educated at the collège du Val du Gy, to the city of Avesnes-le-Comte, a town of less than 2,000 inhabitants. In this establishment located in a rural area, most students come in because, a service supported by the department.

What were the traffic conditions ?

The accident took place when, the day barely dawned, a dense fog had fallen over this area and that the floor was slippery. The fog was so dense that the helicopter dispatched to the scene of the drama has not been able to ask.

This section of road is particularly busy at this time of the year by the beet growers in full harvest, and accidents are quite frequent. This was confirmed Lionel Cayet, the mayor of Bavincourt, France 3 Nord-Pas-de-Calais : “The RN-25 is a road particularly accident-prone. Several fatal accidents have already been counted, since a dozen of years. We have called for the installation of a mobile radar three months ago to encourage drivers to slow their speed. Approximately 3 000 offences were recorded in three weeks.

Who are the victims ?

The driver of the bus, aged forty years, was killed on the spot. On board, a schoolboy of 15 years old, probably sitting at the front of the vehicle, had to be désincarcéré before being transported unconscious to the hospital of Amiens, where the white plan has been activated. His “vital prognosis is very involved”, said a medical source. He was admitted into the company of his brother, who was travelling with him, but was not injured.

another collégienne, aged 11 years, was admitted to hospital at Arras, “in the intensive care unit”, but “is not between life and death”, based on the chief physician of the emergency department of the hospital of Amiens.

The “prognosis” of the driver of the truck is “very reserved”, specified to the AFP the same source. At the age of thirty years, an employee of the local company transport Dhot has several years of activity, according to one of his colleagues.

the other Nine children, shocked, have been directed to a cellule d’urgence médico-psychologique du centre hospitalier d’arras. the “They have been in the care of their family, except two of them who have been entrusted to the department of pediatrics”, said the doctor.

What was the reaction of the authorities ?

“I would like to extend all my support to the families of the victims in this event, said in a press release the minister of national Education, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. A support cell has been set up by the rector’s office at the college for the teaching team and fellow students injured.”

The Prime minister, Manual Valls, on a visit to the visitor center and orientation (CAO) at Croisilles, near Arras, on Monday morning, said he is “solidarity with the families of the victims and the parents of students“.

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