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School coach crash: Police suggest driver 'fell asleep'

Video report by ITV News' Stacy Foster:

Police in France have suggested that the driver of a coach that crashed near the Swiss border while carrying British school children, fell asleep at the wheel.

Two children were seriously injured when the bus, carrying teenagers from Cheltenham Bournside School, came off the road on the A39 motorway at Lons-le-Saunier.

Ten students and one member of staff received ‘minor’ injuries. There were 48 people on board the coach which set off from the UK on Friday.

Two Welsh men caught up in French coach crash

Two men from North Wales have been caught up in a coach crash in France which injured 15 people. The men are drivers from coach company Express Motors in Caernarfon.

48 people were on board the coach with 44 of them teenagers believed to be from a school in Cheltenham.

The Express Motors coach crashed on a motorway near Lons-le-Saunier. Credit: ITV Wales

The bus company who owns the coach says it is still trying to make contact with organisers.

Express Motors is in the process of doing everything they can to contact their drivers and designated tour leaders. When they have made contact they will be doing everything they can to help.

Once contact is made they will do everything they can do to help accident teams with their investigations and inquiries.

– Express Motors
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