Tourists injured in Paris boat accident

A river cruise boat filled with sightseers has crashed into a bridge's pillar in the centre of Paris, injuring six tourists, two of them children.

A river cruise boat filled with sightseers has crashed into a bridge's pillar in the centre of Paris, injuring six tourists, two of them children.

The driver of the boat lost control when the engine shut down after a piece of wood got trapped in a propeller, said Jacques Vizrie, a spokesman for the boat company.

The boat, carrying 250 passengers, crashed into a stone support of the Louis-Philippe bridge, which is near Notre Dame cathedral.

Those hurt, mostly eastern Europeans, were taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries.

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