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Driver in fatal bus crash held in France

By John Lichfield in Paris

A British coach driver was arrested in France yesterday, after a bus carrying schoolchildren returning to England from a half-term skiing trip careered off a motorway -- killing a teacher and injuring 23 others.

The bus, carrying 29 pupils and 18 adults from a middle school in Worcestershire, crashed though a barrier and overturned down a small embankment on the motorway near Reims in northern France in the early hours of yesterday. No other vehicles were involved.

The teacher was named as Peter Rippington (59). The ski trip was to have been his last before he retired. His wife, Sharon, was also seriously injured in the crash while their daughter, Amy, escaped with minor injuries. A 13-year-old girl was in critical condition.

Police said they believed the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel.

They arrested him on possible charges of manslaughter and "involuntarily causing injuries" when he emerged from hospital after treatment for minor injuries.

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