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Student 'in life-threatening condition' after French coach crash

A British student is in a life-threatening condition in hospital after a coach crash in France.

42 pupils from Cheltenham's Bournside School were on board travelling to Italy whenthe coach crashed near the Swiss border.

Two of the students were airlifted to hospital, one in a ‘life-threatening’ condition and another in a ‘serious’ condition. The school have met with the parents of these two students, who are now on their way to France to be with their children.

We were deeply saddened to hear of a serious incident involving the coach taking our students to Dora Baltea earlier today. Our hearts go out to all those involved.

– School website

A further ten students and one member of staff received ‘minor’ injuries. The parents of these ten children have been contacted.

The remaining students and staff are with Police.

Teenagers from Bournside School in Cheltenham involved in French coach crash

There are reports that two people have been seriously injured after a coach carrying a group of teenagers crashed in France.

The coach was carrying pupils from Bournside School in Cheltenham. It went into a ditch on the A39 motorway at Lons-le-Saunier, near the Swiss border.

Most of those on board were aged 14 to 17.

The two seriously hurt have been airlifted to hospital.


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Bus company 'trying to make contact' with school party

Emergency vehicles at the scene in France Credit: France3 TV

The bus company whose coach has crashed in France says it is still trying to make contact with organisers.

There were two drivers and 48 passengers on board.

The children aged between 13 and 18 years old set off for Italy yesterday afternoon. They were from a school in England.

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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Most of bus crash passengers 'aged 14 to 17'

The crash is believed to have happened near Lons-le-Saunier in eastern France Credit: Google maps

Most of the passengers on board a bus which crashed in France are ''aged 14 to 17" according to reports.

News agency AFP is reporting that the crash took place near Lons-le-Saunier, near the Swiss border.

It's understood the bus, believed to be carrying teenagers from Wales, ended up on its side in a ditch and that two helicopters were sent to the site.

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