Aussies among 33 in bus crash in France

Four people are seriously injured and 25 others hurt after a bus carrying tourists, including Australians, overturned in France.

The bus was heading from Paris to London when it overturned, flipping on to its side on a wet highway in the northern Somme region of France.

The Courrier Picard newspaper reported that the bus skidded during a curve on the wet road, crashed into a barrier and then overturned. Pictures from the scene showed the bus on its side with the windows smashed.

Other passengers on the FlixBus were from the US, Spain, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Britain and France.

The prefecture of the Somme said 32 passengers were on board.

The injured were taken to Amiens Hospital and several other regional facilities.

A press official, Herve Fosse, said most of the injuries were not serious and about half were not expected to remain in hospital.

The prefecture, which represents the state, said the bus left the road near an exit, but provided no further details.

The low-cost FlixBus firm has its headquarters in Germany.

© AP 2019