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British passenger critically injured after London-bound coach crashes near Paris

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British passenger critically injured after London-bound coach crashes near Paris
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12:12 CET+01:00
A coach carrying British passengers was involved in a crash to the north of Paris on Thursday morning, that left nine passengers injured, including two seriously.

The coach, carrying British, French and Chinese passengers crashed on a motorway near Charles de Gaulle airport to the north of Paris just be fore 9am on Thursday morning leaving nine injured including two seriously.

The Megabus coach, which was operated by the company Flixbus, crashed just before 9am on the main A1 motorway that runs from Paris to northern France.

According to Le Parisien newspaper the coach “was transporting British, French and Chinese passengers” and was heading to the northern city of Lille before crossing the Channel to London.

Reports say one of the seriously injured passengers was a British national, who was immediately taken to a local hospital. The other seriously injured passenger, a French national was also taken to a nearby hospital.

"Two people, one French and the other British are in a state of absolute emergency, and seven are slightly wounded," said the local authority in the Val-d'Oise department.

The other seven injured passengers suffered cuts from broken glass, according to reports. Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the scene.

Most of the other passengers and the bus driver have been to taken to a crisis centre that was opened after the crash.

Police have not yet determined  the cause of the crash, but reports said the bus crashed into a pillar in a tunnel, possibly to avoid a collision with a car.

Traffic on the A1 motorway has been brought to a standstill in both directions due to the crash.

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