The charred remains of a bus almost entirely destroyed in a horror crash in France portrays the horror of the collision which claimed dozens of lives, including a three-year-old boy.
French authorities say the death toll from the incident in the south-west town of Puisseguin has risen to 43 after the body of the child was discovered in the wreckage.
One harrowing image shows the crumbling remains of the bus with its metal frame charred almost beyond recognition.
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Aerial images of the scene show the sharp bend in the road where both vehicles collided.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told reporters near the crash site that eight people survived the accident, including four who were injured and in serious condition.
French media reported that the bus driver was among those who escaped, and the truck driver was killed.
Valls said: "Forty-two people were killed in atrocious conditions in this bus in flames after this very violent frontal collision." He says the passengers were "elderly people who were going on an excursion for one day. They should have returned home tonight."
He added: "It's a terrible shock for the area, for (the region) Aquitaine, for France."
Both vehicles caught fire after the crash occurred at 7.30 am local time (6.30 am GMT) on Friday and the high number of deaths has been attributed to the fire by officials.
The mayor of Puisseguin Xavier Sublett said on i-Tele television that the driver of the bus managed to open the door, allowing eight people to escape.
He said helicopters evacuated severely burned victims.
French President François Hollande said it was an "immense tragedy," and promised an investigation into what happened.
He also expressed "the solidarity of the whole nation" with loved ones of the victims.