Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris Men's Fall/Winter 2015, freedom of speech triumphs

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Davos 2015: Businesses 'cautiously optimistic' in Japan

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Twitter storm as IMF boss Christine Lagarde hails Saudi King Abdullah as 'strong advocate of women'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

DR CONGO: Senate amends controversial constitutional law

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Pope Family Planning: Heated Debate over Pontiff's 'Rabbit' Comments (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Saudi King Abdullah Dies: Succession, Stability and Youth in Question (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France tackles terror

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO of Schneider Electric: 'France is on a better track'

Read more

DEBATE

Davos debate: Can big business agree on climate deal? (part 2)

Read more

France

One dead after bus carrying Britons crashes in French Alps

© AFP

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-04-16

A bus carrying British seasonal workers crashed and burst into flames Tuesday on the way down from a renowned ski station in the French Alps, killing the 64-year-old driver and badly injuring four other people, local officials said.

At least one person died and three others were seriously injured after a coach carrying Britons crashed in the French Alps, local officials said.

The coach slammed into the mountain face bordering the winding road down from the popular ski resort of Alpe d'Huez and caught fire.

An official told AFP one person -- thought to be the bus driver -- died, three others were seriously injured and 21 more slightly hurt. Police had previously said three perished in the accident.

The road leading down from the ski resort is well known for its 21 treacherous, hairpin bends, and regularly features in the Tour de France cycling race.

Photos published on the website of the local daily Le Dauphine showed smoke bellowing from the burnt-out coach, as rescue workers carried a victim on a stretcher. A helicopter was also on site.

The cause of the crash is as yet unknown. A total of 53 people were on the coach, including two drivers.

This is the latest deadly coach accident in France.

In September last year, a Polish bus crashed on a key highway near the eastern city of Mulhouse near the German border, killing at least two people and seriously injuring many others.

The same month, a bus carrying Romanians from Spain blew a tyre and overturned in southern France, killing a baby girl and injuring more than 40 people.

France's deadliest road accident occurred in August 1992 near the Burgundy city of Beaune when 53 people, including 44 children, died when a coach collided into two cars in dense holiday traffic during rain.

(AFP)

Date created : 2013-04-16

  • FRANCE - AUTO ACCIDENT

    Racecar crashes into crowd at French rally, killing two

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    One dead after Eurolines bus crashes in northern France

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Three dead as French school coach crashes in Italy

    Read more

COMMENT(S)