Five French Firefighters Struck, Killed at Accident Scene

Five French firefighters were killed Friday night as they worked at an accident scene on the A7 motorway, according to various French press agencies.


Five french firefighter were killed Friday night when a car driven by an 81-year-old man travelling some 95 miles per hour plowed into them at an accident scene in the south of France, various French news agencies reported.

Three of the firefighters were killed instantly as they were attempting to place barriers around the initial minor accident at a dangerous curve on the A7 motorway. Two others are presumed to have drowned after being thrown into a river. Rescuers were still searching for their bodies Saturday.

Agence France Presse reported that the driver admitted driving 150 kilometers (95 mph) per hour. The speed limit along the highway was 90 kph. He suffered minor injuries. Charges are pending.

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