MANSFIELD-BASED firm Interski, the organiser of the school ski trip which ended in tragedy on Sunday morning when a teacher died in a coach crash, has extended its sympathies to those involved in ‘this tragic incident’.
Peter Rippington (59) was killed and more than 20 people, including children, were injured when the coach bringing home a party from Alvechurch School in Worcestershire crashed in northern France.
Travel company Interski, based at the Acorn Business Park, Commercial Gate, said the coach, which was returning to the UK from the Aosta Valley, Italy, left the motorway and came to rest at the bottom of an embankment at about 2.30am.
The tragedy happened 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.
There had been two coaches in the party travelling back. The vehicle involved was owned by Solus Coaches, which is based in Tamworth.
Interski, a specialist in organising school ski-ing trips, said in a statement on its website: “Our thoughts are with the bereaved family and friends, to whom we offer our sincere condolences.
“We also extend our sympathy to the four seriously injured passengers, to 22 passengers with minor injuries and to all others involved in this tragic incident.”
Six ski instructors from the company were among those on board the coach, the firm added.
Reports say it appeared the coach was the only vehicle involved in the accident.