Seven dead in an accident near Chartres: speed, accident-prone road, what we know the day after the tragedy

Seven dead in an accident near Chartres: speed, accident-prone road, what we know the day after the tragedy
Seven dead in an accident near Chartres: speed, accident-prone road, what we know the day after the tragedy

«There have already been several accidents» on this departmental road, recalls the mayor of Bailleau-le-Pin (Eure-et-Loir), Martial Lochon, the day after the collision involving three vehicles which left seven dead and for which the prosecution opened an investigation.

The vehicle would have moved

Tuesday around 6:30 p.m., a vehicle “with five people on board, moved out of a curve onto the opposite lane» and hit a second vehicle “who was traveling in the opposite direction, normally, on his lane», Specified in a press release the public prosecutor, Frédéric Chevallier.

«It emerged from an initial testimony that the Honda vehicle (the one with five people on board, Editor’s note) was traveling at high speed», added the magistrate.

«Immobilized on the roof», the vehicle which had initially deviated from its route immediately caught fire. “Despite the emergency services quickly mobilized, the (first) vehicle was completely burned, as were the five bodies trapped inside.», According to the prosecutor.

One of the victims had to take his baccalaureate

In this car were five young people: a 17-year-old girl and four young boys aged 18 to 19, living in Eure-et-Loir. One of them was to take a baccalaureate exam this Wednesday, in Dreux, according to information from Republican Echo.

The two passengers of the second vehicle, aged 85 and 80, died instantly, thrown “in the ditch».

Two other people, a 23-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man, who were traveling in a third vehicle also hit during the accident, were injured and transported to a hospital near Chartres.

Future samples

The open investigation into homicides and unintentional injuries was entrusted to the Lucé gendarmerie company and the Eure-et-Loir departmental road safety squadron.

Autopsies as well as samples must now be carried out “in order to search for any narcotic product and detect the presence of alcohol in the bodies of the five occupants of the vehicle» at the origin of the accident.

This heavy toll makes it one of the deadliest road accidents since August 19, 2022 in Ariège, where six people, including two children, died in a head-on collision between two cars.

“19 is not an age to die”

In Bailleau-le-Pin, the time is “collapse, incomprehension and inacceptance“, declared the mayor, Martial Lochon, to AFP.

«19 is not an age to die“, he said sorry, before emphasizing that “Usually, we see tragedies of this importance in other municipalities, but we never imagine that it could be in ours».

The portion of the RD 921 where the collision took place is a “fairly tight passage with turns where there have already been several accidents», lamented the elected official.

“Driving can quickly become dangerous”

«On the other hand, the configuration of the terrain being what it is, the bends are adapted for normal and respectful traffic. If speed limits are not respected, driving can quickly become dangerous.“, he said.

In the town, several residents discussed the accident on their doorstep the day after the accident.

«I have lived here for almost 40 years, and this is at least the 5th time that I have heard of an accident on this section of the main road.», says Jacques, 70 years old, who did not wish to give his last name just like Marie, who shakes her head at his side and sighs: “Whatever the cause of this tragedy, the consequences are terrible for the families concerned, who will now have to mourn the loss of so many people at once.».

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