• Short Summary

    Twenty-seven Easter pilgrims were killed on Wednesday (2 April) near Grenoble in France when their coach plunged into a mountain ravine.

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    Twenty-seven Easter pilgrims were killed on Wednesday (2 April) near Grenoble in France when their coach plunged into a mountain ravine.

    Police said the coach's brakes had failed at the bottom of a steep hill where 43 Belgian tourists died in a similar accident in July, 1973. In this week's accident, 16 more pilgrims were injured seriously.

    The pilgrims -- all from the village of Sully sur Loire in Central France -- were returning from an Easter pilgrimage to the church at nearby Notre Dame de la Salette, built where two children imported a vision of the Virgin Mary in the 19th Century.

    Their coach hit a bridge at the bottom of the hill at the exact spot where a memorial stone of the Belgian accident victims was set into a wall two years ago. The memorial stone was sent crashing into the swift-flowing Romanche River along with the coach and its passengers.

    A special speed recorder on the coach showed it suddenly picked up speed in the final 500 years (metres) of the hill, which ends in a sharp right-hand turn on to the bridge. The owner of the coach has been charged with manslaughter for failing to provide it with an automatic braking system.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE5WYQBOXN2HAVCLW73EZ8YPQR
    Media URN:
    VLVAE5WYQBOXN2HAVCLW73EZ8YPQR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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