A 75-year-old man died and several of his relatives were injured on Saturday in an accident on the A26 motorway towards the Pas-de-Calais coast, firefighters and gendarmes said.
This accident, which occurred in the middle of a day classified red at the national level due to the crossover of holidaymakers, led to several kilometers of slowdowns.
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Saturday at midday, two vehicles driving together, coming from Meurthe-et-Moselle and heading towards the Channel coast, collided a few hundred meters from the Setques toll (Pas-de-Calais) , said the Saint-Omer gendarmerie platoon.
A third car was also hit, according to the same source.
The passenger of one of the first two cars, a 75-year-old man, died, and the 73-year-old driver of his vehicle was seriously injured and rushed to hospital, firefighters said.
It would be his wife, according to the
Voix du Nord
, which specifies that the couple was going on vacation with members of their family, including two children, traveling in the second car.
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In addition to the driver, 5 people traveling in the three vehicles were injured more lightly according to the firefighters: two thirty-year-olds, a three-year-old girl, and a 65-year-old man and woman.
They were all transported to the nearby Helfaut hospital center, near Saint-Omer.