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Prayers for French crash teacher

Special prayers have been said for a teacher who died in a coach crash in France last week.

The Reverend David Martin led prayers for Peter Rippington at St Laurence Church in Alvechurch, Worcestershire.

The 59-year-old died after the bus, carrying a group of schoolchildren from Alvechurch Middle School on their way home from a skiing trip, flipped on to its side on a motorway embankment in the Champagne-Ardenne region.

Two pupils, Taylor Little, 13, and Freya Smith-Carrington, 11, suffered serious injuries in the crash and remain in hospital following the incident last Sunday.

The reverend said the service was a chance for the community to remember all those affected by the crash.

The driver of the coach, named in reports as Derek Thompson, 47, appeared before a judge in Chalons-en-Champagne earlier this week.

French authorities say the driver is being investigated for involuntary homicide and involuntary wounding after the accident, which involved 29 pupils from Alvechurch Middle School.


From Belfast Telegraph