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.
Brighton-based company Skibound have confirmed that the bus which crashed in the French Alps was bound for Newcastle as its final destination.
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.
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.
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
Three people have died and four have been seriously injured following a crash near the Alpe d'Huez resort in Isère, in the French Alps, Le Parisien reports.