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Coach has its roof sheared off in low tunnel near Lille

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By Euronews  with REUTERS
Coach has its roof sheared off in low tunnel near Lille

<p>More than 30 people have been injured, six of them seriously, after a coach carrying Spanish students had its roof sheared off as it crashed into a low tunnel in northern France.</p> <p>The incident happened at 5.30 Sunday morning at La Madeleine near Lille. </p> <p>The injured were taken to hospital.</p> <p>One student who had only been slightly injured described what happened: </p> <p>“I was sleeping, I was with eyes closed. I suddenly heard a lot of sound and it smelled like smoke, and glass is broken, everywhere, people bleeding – a disaster.”</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="el"><p lang="el" dir="ltr">Λεωφορείο με φοιτητές προσέκρουσε σε χαμηλό τούνελ & “έχασε” την οροφή του! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LaMadeleine?src=hash">#LaMadeleine</a> <a href="http://t.co/Ya6XboC7ag">http://t.co/Ya6XboC7ag</a> <a href="http://t.co/pN0K1lkhkL">pic.twitter.com/pN0K1lkhkL</a></p>— Euronews ελληνικά (@euronewsgr) <a href="https://twitter.com/euronewsgr/status/625679355700715521">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Dr. François Ducrocq, who attended the accident said the crash had obviously been “incredibly violent in nature” and had a happened when the majority of passengers had been asleep.</p> <p>The coach with 59 people on board had been en route from Bilbao to Amsterdam.<br /> Some reports say the driver was following the vehicles <span class="caps">GPS</span> directions and apparently failed to see the signs showing the maximum height of the tunnel.</p> <p>Those uninjured were taken to a sports centre in La Madeleine while arrangements were made for their return.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Grand Boulevard toujours fermé à <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LaMadeleine?src=hash">#LaMadeleine</a> près de <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Lille?src=hash">#Lille</a> après grave accident de bus <a href="http://t.co/7jMRRZombi">http://t.co/7jMRRZombi</a> <a href="http://t.co/j5nNbfmdZW">pic.twitter.com/j5nNbfmdZW</a></p>— France Bleu Nord (@fbleunord) <a href="https://twitter.com/fbleunord/status/625249144605642752">July 26, 2015</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>