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School crash parent: 'you think it's never going to happen'

A parent whose child was on board the coach which crashed in eastern France has told ITV News of the moment she got the call saying her son was safe.

42 students from the Bournside School in Cheltenham were on the coach. Two are in hospital with serious injuries.

The other students, who are aged between 14 and 18, will return to the UK later tonight. Among them, Mandy's son:

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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.

School coach crash: students returning to UK tonight

The coach was carrying pupils from Bournside School in Cheltenham Credit: ITV News

40 students whose coach crashed in France on the way to a holiday centre in Italy will return to the UK tonight.

42 students were on board the coach when it crashed close to the Swiss border.

One was airlifted to hospital with what are described as "life-threatening" injuries. Another was seriously injured. Their families are at their bedsides.

Our thoughts continue to be with the two students and their close family, who are seriously injured in hospital in France and will not be returning to the UK for now. I am pleased to be able to confirm that the parents of both students are now with their children and are being supported by the school and other relevant agencies.

– Bournside School

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France coach crash: trip provider 'deeply saddened' by accident

The trip provider which organised the holiday a group of school children were heading to when their coach crashed in France say the thoughts of the whole team are with those involved.

Acorn Adventure has outdoor adventure centres in Italy - a group of 42 students from Bournside School in Cheltenham were on their way to one when their coach was involved in a serious road traffic accident close to the Swiss border.

Two people were airlifted to hospital - one with life-threatening injuries Credit: ITV News

Another 10 students and a member of the school staff were injured and are being treated near the scene.

We were deeply saddened to hear of this accident earlier today and our hearts go out to all those involved. Of course we are liaising with the coach operator who we have worked with for many years without incident to understand the details leading up to the accident, but right now our priority is to support those who have been injured and to work with the school to provide support to the families.

I would like to thank the local emergency services for their swift response.

– Rob Miller, MD of Acorn Adventure
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