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UK ambassador to France: 'Alps crash victims look well'

The French transport minister (left) with British ambassador to France, Peter Ricketts at the hospital Credit: Twitter/Jean-Yves Zoyo

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.

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French fire brigade clear debris after coach crash

French fire brigade members work around the debris from the crashed bus.
French fire brigade members work around the debris from the crashed bus. Credit: RP/Reuters

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 debris of the coach on the road near the Alpe d'Huez.
The debris of the coach on the road near the Alpe d'Huez. Credit: RP/Reuters

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.

51 people were travelling on the coach at the time of the crash.
51 people were travelling on the coach at the time of the crash. Credit: RP/Reuters

According to Skibound all of the passengers were finished for the season and were working in different resorts across the area.

Emergency service workers inside the shell of the coach this afternoon.
Emergency service workers inside the shell of the coach this afternoon. Credit: RP/Reuters

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Transport group release statement about Alps bus crash

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.

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

– Heath Williams, managing director of TGM

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'At least one' British tourist killed in Alps coach crash

At least one British holiday maker has died in a coach crash in the French Alps, police said. A further two tourists are thought to have died in the cash, which happened around 3pm local time in the Alpe d'Huez resort. A Grenoble police spokesperson said

There is not much information at the moment but on the face of it, at least one Briton has died. We do not know how the crash happened.

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