33 hurt in Paris-London bus crash in northern France

A photograph looking along the side of a green-liveried Flixbus coach

Flixbus has set up an emergency call-number for anyone concerned about family members

Thirty-three people were injured, four of them seriously, when a regular bus service between Paris and London overturned as it turned off a busy motorway in northern France.

The Flixbus toppled over on the A1 motorway near Berny-en-Santerre at around 12noon on Sunday, police said.

The bus skidded and struck the guardrail at the side of the slip road and ended up on its side, according to local newspaper the Courrier Picard. 

There were 33 people on board, of whom 29 sustained light injuries and four were seriously wounded. Some of the injured came from the United Kingdom, United States, Romania, Spain, Australia, Mauritius, Japan and Sri Lanka, the prefecture said in a statement.

Most of the injured were treated on site before being taken as necessary to hospitals in Amiens, Montdidier, Péronne and Saint-Quentin.

The exit slip road at junction 13 remained closed until early evening.

Flixbus has set up an emergency call-number for anyone concerned about family members at 00800 300 137 30. An email address - specialcare@flixbus.com - has also been set up.

For any information, the public is invited to contact 03 22 97 80 80 80 (prefecture standard).

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