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Brighton ski company staff injured in Alps coach crash
A BRIGHTON company ferrying its employees home from a winter working in ski resorts saw its third tragedy of the season yesterday.
A coach hired by school ski trip organisers Skibound crashed in the French Alps, killing one person and injuring more than 20 of the 51 passengers.
Four of the seasonal workers – believed to all be in their 20s – are understood to have been seriously injured and airlifted to Grenoble Hospital.
One of two drivers, a 64-year-old from the North East, was killed in the crash, which happened at about 1.45pm local time.
A local police spokesman said: “There was apparently a problem with the coach’s brakes.
“The driver seems to have lost control on a steep bend in the road and his vehicle crashed into rocks. It burst into flames.”
UK travel organisation Abta said that the Britons were staff on their way home having been working for a Brighton-based ski company at Alpe d’Huez and other resorts.
In a statement Skibound, which operates from offices in Marine Parade, said last night: “A special assistance team from Skibound is in place to provide support to those affected by the incident.
“An emergency telephone line has been set up for relatives and friends to call – 01273 244650.
“Our thoughts are with those who have been involved in the acci- dent and their relatives.
“The names of any injured parties will not be released until all next of kin have been notified.”
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of the tragic incident involving British nationals in the Isere region of southern France.
“We are in touch with the local authorities and are providing consular assistance.”
In January, Lucy Sallis, from Bognor, who worked for Skibound, died at Alpe d’Huez after jumping into a swimming pool late at night.
In March, schoolgirl Poonam Bhattal, 13, from Slough, died after falling from a chairlift in Claviere on a trip organised by Ski- bound.
Do you know anyone travelling on the coach? Call Anna Roberts on 01273 544539.
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