• Short Summary

    TRAGEDY IN THE TOUR DE FRANCE CYCLING CLASSIC. A PETROL TANKER ACCOMPANYING THE RIDERS PLOUGHED?

  • Description

    TRAGEDY IN THE TOUR DE FRANCE CYCLING CLASSIC. A PETROL TANKER ACCOMPANYING THE RIDERS PLOUGHED INTO CROWDS WATCHING THE RACE TODAY (SATURDAY). POLICE SAID EIGHT PEOPLE, INCLUDING FOUR CHILDREN, WERE KILLED. FIFTEEN OTHERS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED.

    THE TANKER, WHICH WAS CARRYING FUEL FOR A POLICE HELICOPTER ESCORTING THE CYCLISTS, HIT CROWDS STANDING SEVERAL DEEP ON A BRIDGE OVER A CANAL, NEAR FRONT DE COUZE, IN SOUTH-WEST FRANCE.

    IT THEN GOUGED A 20-FOOT (6-METRE) HOLE IN THE PARAPET AND CAREERED INTO THE CANAL WATER, TAKING MANY SPECTATORS WITH IT. THE DRIVER, A GENDARME, JUMPED CLEAR JUST BEFORE THE TANKER RAMMED THE BRIDGE. HE HAD TO BE RESCUED FROM THE ANGRY CROWD.

    HE HAS BEEN DETAINED ON A MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE. THE GENDARME, WHO TONIGHT WAS IN HOSPITAL, TOLD POLICE HIS BRAKES FAILED.

    THE DISASTER -- THE WORST IN THE 60 YEARS' HISTORY OF THE RACE -- BROUGHT DOCTORS AND AMBULANCES RACING TO THE SCENE. SEVERAL BODIES WERE RECOVERED FROM THE CANAL, AND POLICE FEAR THE DEATH TOLL MAY RISE FURTHER AS THE UNDERWATER SEARCH WENT ON.

    THE RACE WAS HELD UP FOR FIVE MINUTES. TODAY'S STAGE WAS FROM BORDEAUX TO BRIVE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA95ST3T2GON9JLLC4MFRML58
    Media URN:
    VLVAA95ST3T2GON9JLLC4MFRML58
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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