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Tributes paid to coach driver

Tributes have been paid to a coach driver from the North East who died in a crash in the French Alps. The Classic Coaches vehicle was carrying ski resort staff back to the UK from Alpe d'Huez, with Newcastle being its final destination.

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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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