Accident on the A7 : the state of the Scénic queries, a balance sheet even more heavy ?

ACCIDENT-A7 - Following the dramatic accident that caused the death of five children on the A7 in the Drôme, the investigators favor the track of a failure of t

Accident on the A7 : the state of the Scénic queries, a balance sheet even more heavy ?

ACCIDENT-A7 - Following the dramatic accident that caused the death of five children on the A7 in the Drôme, the investigators favor the track of a failure of the Renault Scénic, which was carrying nine passengers.

Summary the origin of The accident victims from the same family The vehicle, a Scénic not suitable ?

[updated July 21, 2020 at 16h03] on Monday night, a minivan-type Renault Scénic, with nine people aboard, caught fire on the motorway A7 at the level of Albon, in the Drôme, before making an exit from the road and carry multiple barrels. Five children, aged 3 to 14 years, are deceased. Four other passengers, three adults and a child 7 years of age, are hospitalized in Lyon. "The memory of man, was not the remembrance of an accident so tragic," said, on Tuesday morning, the prefect of the Drôme Hugues Moutouh on Franceinfo. The senior official, referring to a balance sheet is still provisional, indicated to the AFP : "they are burnt, you can imagine the worst for four. We may have a balance sheet weighed down in the next few hours, the next few days." The victims are from the same family from Vénissieux (Rhône), a couple with their four children and a sister-in-law with two children.

An investigation was opened to determine the causes of the accident. "Before falling into unconsciousness, the driver of the vehicle said that he had tried desperately to brake and the brakes are no longer met," reported Hugues Moutouh. On cctv cameras, it sees the driver, "head toward the tape emergency stop at high speed and then there is three, four barrels. The vehicle is already on fire, and then there is a flare up generalized following the barrels and the vehicle is completely crushed on the roof", has detailed the prefect.

A delay in the technical control found

The mechanical defect is the thesis privileged by the investigators. "The cause of the accident is clearly not in the number of persons on board, this clearly is a technical reason, it will be necessary to try to understand it," said the prosecutor at the microphone of France Blue. According to information of France 2, a delay in the technical inspection of the vehicle has been found, it should have been done last may.

This is the second fatal accident in just over a month on the A7 motorway. In mid-June of last year, a biker thirty years died after being in collision with a truck south of Lyon. Gérald Darmanin, since the Drome on Monday evening, has reminded us of the increased dangers that are the road trips in the summer. "I address a message to our fellow-countrymen : 'Be careful in this period of driven out cross'", has begged the new tenant of the place Beauvau.

What is known about the circumstances of the accident

The accident on that stretch of highway at the level of Albon, in the north of the Drôme region, occurred in the early evening on Monday 20 July 2020. Nine people were aboard the vehicle : six children, between 3 and 14 years old, and three adults. The weather, calm Monday evening, does not seem to have been involved in the accident, which took place in the south to the north of the A7 motorway. According to the story of Alex Perrin, the prosecutor of the Republic of Valencia, the vehicle was "clearly" caught fire, before the driver lost control and it went "over". This Tuesday morning, the prefect of the Drôme, has provided clarification. On the surveillance cameras, "we see the smoke, the vehicle starts taking fire. Obviously the driver has sought to put on the tape emergency stop. But the brakes have not worked", explained Hugues Moutouh on Franceinfo.

The accident victims are all from the same family

The accident occurred on Monday evening on the A7 motorway, therefore, has caused the death of five children, aged 3 to 14 years. In total, nine people were present in the vehicle. The other four, one child and three adults are injured and three of them, including the child, are in a state of absolute emergency. It is a native family of Vénissieux, in the suburbs of Lyon. The prosecutor of Valencia Alex Perrin reported that the driver, still alive, was the father of the family. He was travelling with his four children, their mother, and a sister-in-law with two children.

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Updated Date: 21 July 2020, 13:57

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