-At least six teenagers have died as a result of fresh bus crashes in France
- Several injured others are at the hospital receiving treatment
- French president tweeted about the sad event and commiserated with families of the victims
Officials in France say at least six teenagers have been killed in a collision involving a school bus in western France.
The accident took place in the centre of the town of Rochefort in Charente-Maritime, at 07:15 local time (06:15 GMT) on Thursday morning.French media report that part of a truck detached and sliced through the side of the bus, which was travelling from the Ile d'Oleron to Surgeres.
The accident comes a day after train witnessed a bus crash in eastern France, which 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.
According to a statement from local authorities, In Thursday’s crash, six school pupils were killed with two people taken to hospital. They have set up an emergency number for concerned relatives to call: 0811 000 617.
According to regional news site Sud Ouest, the pupils on board were aged 16 to 18 and were travelling to a school in Surgeres.
Meanwhile, both drivers have been taken in for questioning, it reports.
French President Francois Hollande tweeted about his emotion at hearing of Thursday's accident, and sent his condolences to the bereaved and Family members of the victims have arrived at the scene.