US bus crash leaves at least five dead

At least five people died and dozens were injured when a bus carrying French tourists overturned on a US motorway bridge, it was revealed today.

The California Highway Patrol said the crash happened yesterday afternoon on US 101 in Soledad, about 70 miles south-east of San Jose. There were 36 passengers and one driver on the tour bus at the time.

Monterey County Office of Emergency Services spokeswoman Maia Carroll said three people died at the scene and two were later declared dead at hospitals.

Officials said the passengers were all French citizens on the tour that started in San Francisco and was en route to Santa Maria after stopping yesterday in Monterey and Carmel.

A spokesman for the French consulate in San Francisco said authorities notified his office about the crash.


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