Another tragic coach accident involving Britons has resulted in a fatality near Alpe d’Huez, a French Alps ski resort. The driver, Maurice Wrightson was tragically killed and 3 passengers suffered serious injury after their coach crashed in the French Alps and burst into flames.
Where did the Coach Accident happen?
Close to Alpe d’Huez which is a very popular French Alps ski resort. The steep mountainside road which weaves its way up to the resort is ridden by the Tour de France cyclists and consists of 21 sharp bends.
What was the cause of the Coach Accident?
At this stage the Police suspect there was a problem with the coach’s brakes meaning Mr Wrighton lost control of the coach.
The French Minister of Transport, Frédéric Cuvillier said:
“You can’t call it a miracle because there is one dead and many wounded but the human toll could have been much heavier. The driver’s courage saved many lives. All the testimonies of the people we have met have confirmed this. His attitude and his actions prevented an even worse situation.”
A Police spokesman said:
“The driver seems to have lost control on a steep bend in the road and his vehicle crashed into rocks. It burst into flames but everyone is now out. Some passengers escaped by jumping out the windows.”
Who owns the Coach?
The TGM group owns ‘Classic Coaches’ and confirmed in a statement:
“Classic is a North East based company and the coach was being driven by a North East based driver.”
Who are Skibound?
SkiBound is a Brighton based company which operates ski tours and is recognised as a market leader in exclusive Clubhotels in France.
“All other passengers are accounted for and are being treated in local hospitals or have been evacuated to a village close by. A special assistance team from Skibound is in place to provide support to those affected by the incident.”
If you need to contact Skibound, an emergency telephone line has been set up: 01273 244 650
Or you can visit their website at http://www.skibound.co.uk/home/about-skibound.
What Do The Specialists Say?
David Healey from Carter & Carter Solicitors in Stockport commented on this latest incident earlier:
“Sadly, this isn’t the first time Britons have been injured on transfers from Ski Resorts. We have acted for numerous people who have been injured abroad and have had to make Coach accident compensation claims. People can make a claim under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 so do not have to worry that the accident occurred in France.”
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