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23 people injured in France bus accident

January 19, 2013, 15:40 UTC+3

The bus was carrying 44 Russian tourists

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PARIS, January 19 (Itar-Tass) - Twenty three people who were injured in the bus accident in southeastern France have been taken to a hospital in Chambery, a Sovoie prefecture press service source told Itar-Tass.

The bus was carrying 44 Russian tourists. They were on the way from a ski resort to Grenoble airport, he said. According to the source, the road conditions were very bad. The driver lost control of the bus, and it fell on its side. Nobody died in the accident.

Twenty three people were injured. Twenty of them received slight injuries. All were taken to a hospital in Chambery. Three were seriously injured, but there is no threat to their lives, the prefecture source said. Authorities sent a translator to the hospital.

The Russian embassy in France immediately contacted French authorities in connection with the accident, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website.

A Russian consulate representative went to the site. The Russian Foreign Ministry together with the embassy stays in contact with French authorities to help the Russian citizens. An operational headquarters is set up in the Russian diplomatic representative office in France.

Executives of the travel agency flew out for France to help the Russian tourists, Rostourism federal agency press service head Irina Shchegolkova said. All the tourists were insured, she noted. According to her, the Russian Emergencies Ministry already said it was ready to send a plane if necessary to take the tourists back to Russia for treatment.


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