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Up to 2,000 Britons stranded at airport near French Alps

Cars stranded near Savoie region in south east France.

Up to 2,000 Britons are reportedly stranded at Chambéry Airport near the French Alps due to heavy snowfall.

News agency AFP said at least 15,000 drivers were struggling to get in and out of ski resorts in the region.

While a 27-year-old man is said to have died after his car slide into a ravine in the Belledonne mountain range.

One man, believed to be from Yorkshire tweeted this picture of the scenes at Chambéry airport.

Many people are thought to have been put up in emergency accommodation overnight.

France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve urged drivers "to exercise the utmost caution" and asked people to delay their trips if possible.

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Man arrested over Alps killings

A 48-year-old man has reportedly been arrested by French police in connection with the investigation into the murder of four people in 2012.

On 5th September 2012, Saad al- Hilli, a British engineer, his wife Iqbal, her mother Suhaila al-Allaf and French cyclist Sylvain Mollier were all killed in the attack on September 5 2012.


French line 'considered safe' before rock derailment

French authorities said it had considered a railway track in the French Alps to be safe before two people died when a tourist train was derailed by a falling boulder.

The line carrying the derailed train had been considered safe before it was hit by a falling boulder Credit: REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo

Regional transport official Jean-Yves Petit said that even in winter "the track isn't unusually dangerous".

About 30 people were onboard the train, which was left dangling from a clifftop for hours after the incident.

Derailed train left dangling from clifftop after rock fall

A train travelling through the French Alps was left dangling for hours after being derailed by a fast-falling boulder.

Two people were killed and nine injured after the so-called Train of the Pines was hit by a boulder just outside the town of Annot.

The mayor of the town Jean Ballester said the rock fell with "an extraordinary force".

A French tourist train was derailed in the French Alps after being hit by a falling rock Credit: REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo
The boulder impact formed a huge crater in the side of one of the train carriages Credit: REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo
The train was left dangling for hours after being derailed Credit: REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo

Deaths confirmed after falling boulder derails train

The rock which caused the derailment of a tourist train in Annot in the French Alps. Credit: REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo

French authorities have confirmed that two people were killed and nine were injured after a giant rock derailed a train outside the town of Annot.

Around 30 people were on board the tourist train travelling in the French Alps.

Two rescue helicopters were dispatched to the area to help evacuate the stricken train.

'Two dead' after train derails in French Alps

Two people, including a Russian tourist, are reported dead after a train derailed in French Alps, 150 kilometers north of the coastal city of Nice.

Firefighters and medical staff had some difficulties reaching the remote snowy site.

Railways of Provence experts told a local newspaper Nice-Matin a rock falling on the tracks might have caused the accident.


Tourists go 'into the void' with vertigo inducing views

Tourists in the French Alps have been taking in the panoramic views from a glass box perched om the Aiguille du Midi, a 3,842-metre peak, with a 1,000 metre drop below.

The 'Step into the Void' installation during a press visit at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps. Credit: Reuters/Robert Pratta

The Chamonix Skywalk "step into the void" lets people to take a magnificent, vertigo-inducing view of the mountain landscape around Mont Blanc.

The Chamonix Skywalk is a five-sided glass structure installed on a terrace. Credit: Reuters/Robert Pratta
The Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps. Credit: Reuters/Robert Pratta
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Winchester teen killed in avalanche named

A 16-year-old from Hampshire who died in an Austrian avalanche has been named.

Cameron Bespolka from Winchester died at the resort of Lech Am Arlberg after being buried under the snow.

The schoolboy was one of triplets holidaying in Austria with their father, who suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

The brothers and their dad were taking part in a skiiing lesson with an instructor when the snow fell on Tuesday at 1.30pm.

Ski instructor 'will face criminal investigation'

A teenager who was killed in an avalanche while skiing in Austria with his family was from Winchester in Hampshire, police said.

The 16-year-old boy was buried under an avalanche at the resort of Lecham Arlberg. His father is seriously injured and his twin brother is reported to be uninjured.

A police spokesman said:" The father and his boy were buried. The ski guide was able to get away from the avalanche and immediately after he called rescue teams. He then started trying to free the two who were buried. The rescue team finally rescued the father and got the boy out some time later."

Austrian police said the instructor who was giving them a ski lesson will face criminal investigation.

British teen 'killed in front of twin' in avalanche

A British teenager is reported to have been killed in an avalanche in front of his twin brother while skiing in Austria, according to the Evening Standard.

The 16-year-old is thought to have been engulfed in the snow along with his father and a ski guide in the resort of Lech am Arlberg.

The 51-year-old father of the twins is believed to have been pulled alive, but was badly injured and flown to hospital, while the 16-year-old reportedly died at the scene.

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