Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

Briton killed in alpine bus crash

At least one British holidaymaker has died in a coach crash in the French Alps, police have said

One Briton was killed after a coach carrying ski resort staff crashed in the French Alps.

French police said the dead person was driving more than 50 UK nationals home from the resort of Alpe d'Huez when the coach veered off the road after an apparent problem with the brakes.

It smashed into rocks on the side of the road before bursting into flames.

UK travel organisation Abta said the Britons were staff who were on their way home having been working for a Brighton-based ski company at Alpe d'Huez and other resorts.

Several passengers escaped from the burning wreckage by jumping from the windows. At least four people were said to have been seriously injured, with those hurt being treated in local hospitals.

A helicopter was scrambled to the scene where firefighters battled to put out the flames.

A local police spokesman said: "There was apparently a problem with the coach's brakes. The driver seems to have lost control on a steep bend in the road and his vehicle crashed into rocks. It burst into flames but everyone is now out. Some passengers escaped by jumping out the windows."

A spokesman for Skibound confirmed that the dead man was a British driver who was bringing staff back to the UK at the end of the ski season.

He added: "Twenty nine passengers have been taken to hospitals in the area, four of which are being treated for more serious injuries. The further 23 passengers have escaped injury and are now with police and councillors in a local hotel."

The spokesman said the company was concentrating on repatriating those involved in the accident, the cause of which is still being investigated.

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