President Victor Yushchenko on Monday sent his condolences to Poland’s Lech Kaczynski after a coach carrying pilgrims from Poland fell into a ravine, killing at least 26 people, according to the President`s press-office.

The coach, carrying mostly elderly Roman Catholic pilgrims from Poland, fell into a ravine while descending a steep incline between Grenoble and Gap, BBC reports.

It broke through the safety barrier, fell some 15m (50ft) onto the banks of a stream, and burst into flames. About 20 passengers were also injured.

The coach was returning from the shrine of Notre-dame-de-la-Salette.

The coach, which came from Poland`s north-western Szczecin area and was on its way back, was carrying 49 passengers and two drivers.