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  1. West Country

School coach crash: students returning to UK tonight

The coach was carrying pupils from Bournside School in Cheltenham Credit: ITV News

40 students whose coach crashed in France on the way to a holiday centre in Italy will return to the UK tonight.

42 students were on board the coach when it crashed close to the Swiss border.

One was airlifted to hospital with what are described as "life-threatening" injuries. Another was seriously injured. Their families are at their bedsides.

Our thoughts continue to be with the two students and their close family, who are seriously injured in hospital in France and will not be returning to the UK for now. I am pleased to be able to confirm that the parents of both students are now with their children and are being supported by the school and other relevant agencies.

– Bournside School
  1. National

School coach crash: Police suggest driver 'fell asleep'

Video report by ITV News' Stacy Foster:

Police in France have suggested that the driver of a coach that crashed near the Swiss border while carrying British school children, fell asleep at the wheel.

Two children were seriously injured when the bus, carrying teenagers from Cheltenham Bournside School, came off the road on the A39 motorway at Lons-le-Saunier.

Ten students and one member of staff received ‘minor’ injuries. There were 48 people on board the coach which set off from the UK on Friday.


  1. West Country

France coach crash: trip provider 'deeply saddened' by accident

The trip provider which organised the holiday a group of school children were heading to when their coach crashed in France say the thoughts of the whole team are with those involved.

Acorn Adventure has outdoor adventure centres in Italy - a group of 42 students from Bournside School in Cheltenham were on their way to one when their coach was involved in a serious road traffic accident close to the Swiss border.

Two people were airlifted to hospital - one with life-threatening injuries Credit: ITV News

Another 10 students and a member of the school staff were injured and are being treated near the scene.

We were deeply saddened to hear of this accident earlier today and our hearts go out to all those involved. Of course we are liaising with the coach operator who we have worked with for many years without incident to understand the details leading up to the accident, but right now our priority is to support those who have been injured and to work with the school to provide support to the families.

I would like to thank the local emergency services for their swift response.

– Rob Miller, MD of Acorn Adventure
  1. West Country

Student 'in life-threatening condition' after French coach crash

A British student is in a life-threatening condition in hospital after a coach crash in France.

42 pupils from Cheltenham's Bournside School were on board travelling to Italy whenthe coach crashed near the Swiss border.

Two of the students were airlifted to hospital, one in a ‘life-threatening’ condition and another in a ‘serious’ condition. The school have met with the parents of these two students, who are now on their way to France to be with their children.

We were deeply saddened to hear of a serious incident involving the coach taking our students to Dora Baltea earlier today. Our hearts go out to all those involved.

– School website

A further ten students and one member of staff received ‘minor’ injuries. The parents of these ten children have been contacted.

The remaining students and staff are with Police.

  1. West Country

Teenagers from Bournside School in Cheltenham involved in French coach crash

There are reports that two people have been seriously injured after a coach carrying a group of teenagers crashed in France.

The coach was carrying pupils from Bournside School in Cheltenham. It went into a ditch on the A39 motorway at Lons-le-Saunier, near the Swiss border.

Most of those on board were aged 14 to 17.

The two seriously hurt have been airlifted to hospital.


  1. Wales

Bus company 'trying to make contact' with school party

Emergency vehicles at the scene in France Credit: France3 TV

The bus company whose coach has crashed in France says it is still trying to make contact with organisers.

There were two drivers and 48 passengers on board.

The children aged between 13 and 18 years old set off for Italy yesterday afternoon. They were from a school in England.

Express Motors is in the process of doing everything they can to contact their drivers and designated tour leaders. When they have made contact they will be doing everything they can to help.

Once contact is made they will do everything they can do to help accident teams with their investigations and inquiries.

– Express Motors
  1. Wales

Foreign Office 'providing support' after France coach crash

The Foreign Office says it is providing support Credit: PA

The Foreign Office says it is working with relevant local authorities in France after a coach crash.

“We are providing support to a group of British nationals following a coach crash in France. We are in contact with the relevant local authorities.”

– Foreign Office Spokesman
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