Head-on collision between lorry and minivan in central France leaves twelve dead

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Twelve Portuguese passengers, on an inter-country transit, have been killed in a head-on collision between a lorry and a minibus in central France.

The victims were all passengers on the minibus, which was travelling from Switzerland to Portugal, officials say.

One of the collision victims was a seven-year-old girl.

The driver of the minibus and the two Italian drivers of the lorry survived, the officials added.

The collision took place just before midnight near the village of Montbeugny, in the Allier department.

Reports say the minibus swerved into the path of oncoming traffic, but the reason was not clear.

Emergency services closed the road after the accident and a nearby village hall was used as a temporary mortuary.

The crash happened on a stretch of road said by locals to be notorious for accidents.

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