British ski company Skibound has confirmed that a coach driver from the North East has died in a crash in the French Alps.
The vehicle was carrying ski resort staff back to the UK from Alpe d'Huez when it crashed 65km from Grenoble at approximately 1:45pm local time.
The driver was one of two North East employees from the bus company Arriva, who were transporting 52 people back to the UK, with Newcastle as their final destination.
The ski company said 29 passengers have been taken to hospitals in the area, four of which are being treated for more serious injuries. The further 23 passengers have escaped serious injury and are now with police and councillors at a local hotel.
In a statement Skibound said:
At the moment, Skibounds' priority is to assist the victims of the accident and their relatives and to work with the authorities and medical assistance companies towards their eventual repatriation to the U.K.
The exact cause of the accident is as yet not known and we must await the report from the accident investigation team in France before any comment can be made.
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