• Short Summary

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

  • Description

    1.
    GV ZOOM INTO MVS Crashed coach. (3 shots)
    0.19

    2.
    CU Scattered seats and other wreckage. (5 shots)
    0.32

    3.
    GV Upturned coach
    0.35

    4.
    CUS & GVS Villager being interviewed in French. (4 shots) SOF STARTS: "Il est..... (overlayed views of crash scene.) SOF ENDS: .....combine."
    1.14

    5.
    GV PAN Following path to wrecked coach. (2 shots)
    1.23


    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "How many accidents have there been here recently?"



    VILLAGER: "There have been six lorries, not counting the motor cars. I can't count them all. I can't remember. There are always many accidents around here."



    REPORTER: "How long have you been living here?" "Thirty-four years."



    REPORTER: "Last year, there was another serious accident involving a Belgian coach. How many dead were there?"



    VILLAGER: "I'm not sure. Forty-six, I think. Anyway, there were only six survivors."



    "REPORTER: This time, how many? Twenty.......?"



    VILLAGER: "This time? I don't know. I live near here, but I don't know."




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    EDITORS NOTE: The first 22 feet of this film are silent; the next 24 ft contain an interview, in French, with a resident near the crash scene. An england-language transcript follows:-

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: 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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  • Data

    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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