More than 40 people have been killed in a bus crash in France.
The pensioners were on an excursion in south-west France near Bordeaux when their bus crashed with a truck on a country road, the BBC reports.
According to French media, the crash occurred at about 07:30 local time (05:30 GMT) on a single carriageway road just outside the village of Puisseguin.
French President Francois Hollande has tweeted that the government “is fully mobilised on this terrible tragedy”.
Un accident a provoqué de nombreux morts en Gironde. Le gouvernement français est totalement mobilisé sur cette terrible tragédie.
— François Hollande (@fhollande) October 23, 2015
The force of the impact between the vehicles caused them both to ignite, and at least 42 passengers on the bus and the driver of the lorry are reported to have died in the blaze.
Eight people managed to escape the wreck, five of whom are injured.
— Sud Ouest (@sudouest) October 23, 2015
The cause of the crash isn’t clear, but it’s been reported that the scene is notorious for accidents.
Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of those affected by this terrible tragedy.