UPDATED: British ski staff in Alps coach crash

UPDATED: British ski staff in Alps coach crash

A coach driver has been killed after a coach carrying British ski resort workers crashed in the Alps.

French police have confirmed the death and that a further three occupants of the coach were seriously injured in the incident at around 1.45pm on Tuesday.

According to Sky News the coach lost control on a bend due to brake failure and crashed into a cliff before bursting into flames.

It was carrying seasonal staff, all aged around 25 who worked for Brighton-based school trip operator Skibound, from Alpe d’Huez, the BBC reported.

Some of the injured were trapped inside the coach while others were able to escape or being rescued by emergency services.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are aware of a tragic incident involving British nationals in the Isere region of southern France.

"We are in touch with the local authorities and are providing consular assistance."

Heath Williams, the boss of UK coach operator TGM, which was operating the charted service, told the BBC he was shocked by the accident.

"We are offering our full support to the families of our drivers and to all those passengers who were involved in this tragic incident," he said.


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