Hereford & Worcester

School coach crash in France: Pupils still in hospital

The coach involved in the crash
Image caption The accident occurred on the A26 motorway near Chalons-en-Champagne

Two pupils from a Worcestershire school involved a coach crash in France a month ago are still being treated in hospital, the head teacher has said.

Pupils from Alvechurch Middle School were returning from a skiing trip in Italy at the time of the crash.

Teacher Peter Rippington, 59, died and more than 20 people were hurt in the crash on 19 February.

Coach driver Derek Thompson, 47, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Seven people were treated in French hospitals in the immediate aftermath of the crash, including a 13-year-old girl who underwent surgery in Paris.

Head teacher Karen Jordan said that all pupils injured were now back in the UK and two were still being treated in hospital.

The school party were returning from a skiing trip in Val d'Aosta, Italy, when one of two coaches went down the motorway embankment near Rheims in the early hours.

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