The driver killed in a coach crash in the French Alps has been named as North East man Maurice Wrightson.
The 64-year-old, who was working for Stanley-based Classic Coaches, was one of two North East employees from the bus company Arriva, who were transporting 52 people back to the UK.
The British ambassador to France has visited the hospital where 29 passengers hurt in the Alps coach crash have been taken.
Peter Ricketts, accompanied by the French transport minister and the UK Consular team, has said "they look well" and are being taken very good care of.
Four British citizens are being treated for serious injuries in hospital in France, a spokesman for Skibound confirmed this evening.
In total, 29 passengers travelling on the coach were hospitalised. The British driver died following the crash.
Twenty nine passengers have been taken to hospitals in the area, four of which are being treated for more serious injuries. The further 23 passengers have escaped injury and are now with police and councillors in a local hotel.
The spokesman said the company was concentrating on repatriating those involved in the accident, the cause of which is still being investigated.
Brighton-based company Skibound have confirmed that the bus which crashed in the French Alps was bound for Newcastle as its final destination.
One Briton has been killed after a coach carrying ski resort staff crashed in the French Alps today.
French police said that more than 50 people from the UK were being driven from the resort of Alpe d'Huez when the coach left the road, reportedly bursting into flames.
The vehicle was owned by Classic Coaches - who are based in Annfield Plain.
Classic Coaches are owned by transport group TGM, who released the following statement:
We are clearly shocked by this accident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved. We have had unconfirmed reports from the scene of the incident however are awaiting official confirmation relating to those involved.
It is too early to say what caused the accident, however, we have launched a full investigation and are working closely with the local authorities. Our own safety specialist is also en route to the scene to support the investigation.
– Heath Williams, managing director of TGM
We are offering our full support to the families of our drivers and to all those passengers who were involved in this tragic incident.
The bus company Arriva have confirmed that the driver of the bus involved in a crash in the French Alps was from the North East.
– TGM Group
"Classic is a north-east based company and the coach was being driven by a north-east based driver."
French fire fighters are continuing to clear the debris of a coach that crashed and burned on the road from Alpe d'Huez in the French Alps.
Brighton company Skibound said it hired the coach, and that 51 people were on board.
The company is sending out their own health and safety team.
According to local media the coach crashed as it travelled down a steep mountain road, which featured 21 hairpin bends.
According to Skibound all of the passengers were finished for the season and were working in different resorts across the area.
British ski company Skibound have confirmed a coach they hired was involved in the accident that occurred close to the ski resort of Alpe d'Huez today, and have opened an emergency helpline for relatives to call.
"The 51 passengers travelling from Alpe d'Huez had been on their way home after finishing their ski season working for Skibound in various ski resorts across the French Alps. Also on board the coach were two drivers from the coach company.
"We have been informed that one person has been taken by air ambulance to the local hospital. All other passengers are accounted for and are being treated in local hospitals or have been evacuated to a village close by.
"A special assistance team from Skibound is in place to provide support to those affected by the incident. An emergency telephone line has been set up for relatives and friends to call - 01273 244 650.
"Our thoughts are with those who have been involved in the accident and their relatives. The names of any injured parties will not be released until all next of kin have been notified."
A local French journalist is reporting that the British driver of a coach carrying a number of young British adults back to the UK has died following a crash.
The crash occurred around 3.30pm local time. Soon after, three seriously injured passengers were taken by helicopter to a hospital near Grenoble.
22 passengers who suffered minor injuries were brought to the local La Bourdoisan hospital.