Investigators probing a fatal coach crash in southwest France at the weekend say a Ukrainian passenger has admitted grabbing the steering wheel following a dispute with the driver.
Prosecutors had initially placed the Spanish driver in custody but now believe his version of events. It is thought the passenger – who is now in detention himself – wanted the bus to stop.
A Spanish woman and a French man, both in their fifties, were killed when the coach – on its way from Marseille to Murcia in southern Spain – hurtled down a bank. Around 30 were injured, some seriously.
“My mother-in-law was going to Alicante to visit her son. Given the state of the bus you’d be surprised there were any survivors. The accident is just incredible,” said one passenger’s relative as he surveyed the scene.
The crash, which happened on the A9 motorway at Fitou between Narbonne and Perpignan in the early hours on Sunday, brought a huge rescue effort.
Investigators have described the passenger’s apparent behaviour as a “reckless act”, and intend to examine his mental health.