The crash, which occurred near the city of Puisseguin in the Gironde region of France — about 35 miles east of the major city Bordeaux — took place when a truck allegedly crossed the road divider on a winding hillside highway, and hit the bus head-on.
The bus had been carrying a group of about 50 senior citizens, many of whom are now dead after the crash and ensuing fire. The driver of the truck, as well as a young boy who was a passenger in the truck, are both also dead from the accident, according to reports.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls traveled to the scene on Friday, and President Francois Hollande, who was in Greece at the time, said he had been "plunged into sadness by the tragedy."
The tragic event marks the worst accident death toll in France since 1982, when 53 people — most children — died in a bus crash in Burgundy.
As you can see from the video (below), while images are difficult to come by due to the sensitive nature of the scene as well as the hilly terrain, it appears the bus and truck are both completely burned out: