France car crash: 'We have lost the heart of our family'

Evie-Lily Crompton, 4, and Morgan Christian Lund, 9, died after their family's car crashed near Beaurepaire-en-Bresse on Sunday Credit: Family handout/ PA

The family of a British father and two children killed in a car crash in France on Sunday said their lives "have been torn apart".

John William Crompton, 31, his daughter Evie-Lily Crompton, 4, and Morgan Christian Lund, 9 - the son of his partner - died near Beaurepaire-en-Bresse, eastern France.

Evie-Lily Crompton, 4, and Morgan Christian Lund, 9, died after their family's car crashed near Beaurepaire-en-Bresse on Sunday Credit: Family handout/ PA
John Crompton, 31, died along with two of his children Credit: Family handout/ PA

Mr Crompton, from Hartlepool, was driving at the time of the crash and had to be cut from the wreckage of the family Nissan. He suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after he was freed.

The two children who died are thought to have been thrown from the vehicle, which is reported to have hit a barrier.

Mr Crompton's partner Makayla Louise Lund, 25, and the couple's son Kyle Lucas Crompton, 2, remain in "serious" conditions in hospital following the crash.

In a statement, his family said: "Our lives have been torn apart and will never be the same again. We have lost the heart of our family".

Makayla Louise Lund, 25, remains in hospital with her youngest child Credit: Family handout/ PA
The scene of the wreckage near Beaurepaire-en-Bresse