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British passengers among injured in France bus crash

The bus crashed and flipped on its side as it travelled from Paris to London. Credit: EBU

Britons are among 29 people injured in a bus crash in France, after the vehicle overturned.

The bus was heading from Paris to London when the crash happened in the northern Somme region of France, close to the village of Ablaincourt-Pressoir.

Five people are seriously injured and 25 others are hurt, including 10 British citizens.

The FlixBus flipped onto its side as it travelled on a wet motorway and was carrying passengers from Britain, France, US, Spain, Australia, Netherlands, Romania and Russia.

The police force in Somme said 32 passengers were on board.

British nationals are among the injured passengers. Credit: EBU

The injured were taken to Amiens Hospital and several other regional facilities.

Pictures from the scene show the bus on its side on a grass verge close to the road with a broken front windshield and a large hole in the front right side.

A press official, Herve Fosse, said most of the injuries were not serious and about half were not expected to remain in hospital.

The prefecture, which represents the state, said the bus left the road near an exit, but provided no further details.

A FlixBus spokesperson said: “FlixBus regrets to confirm that, according to the most-recent information available, a long-distance bus on its scheduled route from Paris to London from our local partner operating on behalf of FlixBus was involved in an accident.

“There were 32 passengers and one bus driver on board.

“Injured passengers were taken to local hospitals; those not requiring medical attention are being taken care of by local authorities.

“FlixBus is in close contact with the relevant authorities in order to determine the exact cause of the accident and to ensure all passengers receive appropriate support.

“An emergency phone number is available for the passengers and their relatives.”

Ten Britons were hurt when the bus overturned. Credit: PA

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said they were aware of the incident.

An FCO spokesperson said: “We are in contact with the French authorities following a road traffic accident in France, and will do all we can to assist any British people who need our help.”

The low-cost FlixBus firm has its headquarters in Germany.