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Briton dies in school coach crash in France

A teacher has been killed and more than 20 people hurt after a coach crashed while bringing a Worcestershire school party home from a skiing trip in Italy.

Pupils from Alvechurch School were among 49 people on the coach, which crashed near Chalons-en-Champagne, in northern France, early on Sunday.

Relatives of Peter Rippington, 59, who died, said they were "devastated".

Four people are still in hospital with serious injuries, including a girl who was flown to Paris for treatment.

People in the UK who are worried about relatives and friends should call the Foreign Office's helpline on 0207 008 1500.

Hugh Schofield reports from Chalons-en-Champagne.

  • 19 Feb 2012
  • From the section UK