Holiday coach carrying British skiers crashes in Alps: one dead
A coach carrying Brits home from a ski holiday in the French Alps has crashed, killing at least one and seriously injuring several others.
The crash, which occured at 2pm on Tuesday in the Alpe D'huez resort, was transporting 50 passengers when it crashed down a steep mountain road.
According to reports in local media, the road, which has been used in the Tour De France race, is known for its hairpin bends.
The Foreign Office has confirmed that it is aware of a tragic incident involving British nationals, says the BBC.
Sky News reports that three people have been seriously injured. There have been unconfirmed reports that the brakes failed while on a bend, causing the coach to hit a cliff and burst into flames.
All the passengers on the bus were thought to be British, some of them children.
The coach driver is believed to have been killed, according to local news service ledauphine.com. It reports that several people were trapped inside the burning vehicle.
A helicopter and dozens of ambulances have helped to transport the wounded to hospital for treatment.