France bus crash: Six teenagers killed in Rochefort

Six teenagers have died after part of a lorry became detached and crashed into a school bus in western France.

The freak accident took place in the centre of the town of Rochefort in Charente-Maritime, at 07:15 local time (06:15 GMT) on Thursday.

Those killed were aged between 16 and 18, according to French media. The bus was travelling from the Ile d’Oleron to Surgeres.

It comes one day after a bus crash in eastern France killed two children.

A boy aged 12 and a girl of 15 died on Wednesday when the driver lost control in snowy conditions near Montflovin in the department of Doubs.

French police work near the wreckage of a school minibus after it crashed into a truck in Rochefort on February 11, 2016, killing at least six children

As well as the six school pupils killed in Thursday’s crash, a further three people were injured.

Local authorities have set up an emergency number for concerned relatives to call: 0811 000 617.

Family members of the victims have arrived at the scene.

French police work in the wreckage of a school bus after it crashed into a truck in Rochefort on February 11, 2016, killing at least six children

Both drivers have been taken in for questioning, according to regional news site Sud Ouest.

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