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Polish relatives of coach crash victims gather in France

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Polish relatives of coach crash victims gather in France


The families of the Polish pilgrims who died in a coach crash in France have arrived in the country for the grim task of identifying their loved ones. At least 26, mostly elderly, people died, and many others were injured, when their vehicle plunged into a ravine and burst into flames near the south-eastern city of Grenoble. The party was returning home after visiting the
shrine of Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette, a holy site in the French Alps.

Officials say the vehicle did not have the special permit required to use the steep road between Grenoble and Gap, a notorious accident blackspot. Investigators will also want to know whether the coach was fitted with the electronic braking system compulsory for excursions into the mountains, amid reports the vehicle was suffering braking problems. Rescue workers say most of the dead perished in the fire.

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