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Two Dead in Crash of Belgian Bus

July 11, 2000

ORLEANS, France (AP) _ A Belgian bus packed with scouts crashed early Tuesday, killing two young people and seriously injuring 12 others, French highway officials said.

Another 50 people suffered minor injuries in the crash with two cars, which allegedly happened because the driver dozed off at the wheel, the highway patrol said. The driver was not injured.

The bus overturned about 6:50 a.m. on the A71 highway at La Ferte-Saint-Aubin about 100 miles south of Paris.

The bus belonged to the Leroy-Wavilles company based in Havinnes, Belgium, and was carrying children from a summer camp near the French city of Clermont-Ferrand back to Jurbise, Belgium, said Francine Leroy, president of the company.

The scouts were members of the Belgian National Federation of Youth Clubs, police said.

No other details were immediately available.

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