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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.

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