Briton dies in school bus crash

19 February 2012 Last updated at 07:28 ET

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Briton: thần dân Anh, người Anh //a British subject, a native or inhabitant of Great Britain //an inhabitant of southern Britain prior to the Anglo-Saxon invasions ◊ crash: vỡ nát, gặp nạn ◊ coach: xe khách ◊ pupil: học trò, học sinh trung, tiểu học ◊
Footage of the coach (chiếc xe khách) that crashed (vỡ nát, gặp nạn) near Chalons-en-Champagne

A British man died when a coach carrying UK schoolchildren home from a skiing trip (chuyến đi trượt tuyết) crashed in France, the Foreign Office has said.

Pupils from Alvechurch School in Worcestershire were among 48 passengers on the coach, which crashed near Chalons-en-Champagne.

Local sources said the man who died was 61. Five people were seriously hurt and 22 suffered minor injuries.

The UK Foreign Office said the man’s next of kin (người bà con gần nhất) had been informed.

It has sent a consular team (phái đoàn của tòa lãnh sự) to the scene, a spokesman said.

There were 13 adults from the school party (buổi họp mặt vui chơi của nhà trường) and 29 pupils on the coach, plus six ski instructors and two drivers, travel company Interski said in a statement on its website.

It says it has been informed of five serious injuries (bị thương nặng) and 22 minor injuries, all of whom are being treated in hospital.

‘Veered into ditch’ Đâm đầu xuống hố

Those who are uninjured are being cared for (được chăm sóc) at a sports complex in the region. They are receiving attention (được sự quan tâm) from the French Red Cross who are also providing psychological support (hỗ trợ tâm lý).

Interski said the coach, which was returning to the UK from the Aosta Valley, Italy, left the motorway (văng khỏi đường xa lộ) and came to rest at the bottom of an embankment (bờ đê).

It happened at about 02:00 GMT (03:00 local time) on the A26 motorway, near Chalons-en-Champagne in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France, on the road between Troyes and the port of Calais.

The vehicle involved (chiếc xe này, chiếc xe gặp nạn) was owned by Solus Coaches (Công ty Xe khách Solus), which is based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. A second coach carrying another group from the school continued its journey, the occupants unaware of the accident.

The BBC’s Hugh Schofield in Paris said: “It seems the coach was the only vehicle involved. It veered into the ditch  (lạc tay lái đâm xuống hố) at the side of the road and it was a very serious accident.”

Police said initial tests on the driver, who was slightly injured, showed he was not under the influence of alcohol (bị tác động của rượu bia) or drugs. Officers are investigating whether  (liệu) he might have fallen asleep at the wheel, our correspondent added.

A spokeswoman for Alvechurch School said: “There is no further information at this stage (tại thời điểm này, vào lúc này). We are liaising with (liên hệ với) the police and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”

People in the UK who are worried about relatives and friends should call the Foreign Office’s helpline (đường dây điện thoại trợ giúp) on 0207 008 1500

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