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British transfer coach on fire at alpe d'Huez

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Details are sketchy but a British transfer coach is on fire with trapped passengers on the descent from Alpe d'Huez at the moment. It appears the brakes gave out on the descent and the coach hit a cliff and burst into flames.



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davidof wrote:
Details are sketchy but a British transfer coach is on fire with trapped passengers on the descent from Alpe d'Huez at the moment. It appears the brakes gave out on the descent and the coach hit a cliff and burst into flames.


3 dead, 4 seriously injured: http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/fait-divers/au-trois-morts-et-quatre-blesses-grave-dans-accident-de-car-pres-de-l-alpe-d-huez_1240801.html

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Dramatique accident en Isère. Au moins trois personnes sont décédées ce mardi après-midi dans un accident de car, près de la station de l'Alpe-d'Huez. Quatre autres personnes sont grièvement blessées, a indiqué la préfecture de l'Isère.

L'autocar "a percuté la falaise dans le virage numéro 21 et a pris feu avec trois personnes restées coincées à l'intérieur", précise un porte-parole. Le bus redescendait de la station de ski au moment du drame.

Les victimes seraient de nationalité britannique.


What an horrific way to go. Sad
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Le Dauphiné is saying 3 dead and 4 gravely injured. http://www.ledauphine.com/isere-sud/2013/04/16/tres-grave-accident-de-car-dans-la-montee-de-l-alpe-d-huez

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Le Figaro is saying the passengers were all "young" Brits although doesn't state if that means school/uni or just under 30.
"Les passagers du car étaient de jeunes Britanniques qui partaient de l'Alpe d'Huez après une semaine passée aux sports d'hiver. "

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2013/04/16/97001-20130416FILWWW00470-accident-de-car-a-l-alpe-d-huez-3-morts.php

Terrible at any age of course, burning alive really does turn my stomach more than anything else.
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Terrible news, RIP

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Awful news, so very sad Sad
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Shocking news. Twitter reports coming in that death toll revised down to one
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Everything is closed. That's a staff coach. Sad
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According to Sky revised to one dead, any is tragic though Sad
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Lizzard wrote:
Everything is closed. That's a staff coach. Sad


I did wonder given the day of the week, and it being the end of the season.
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Frosty the Snowman wrote:
Shocking news. Twitter reports coming in that death toll revised down to one


Confirmed by Le Dauphine, quoting the Prefecture "16h30. Le bilan vient d'être révisé, toujours par la préfecture: un mort."
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Lizzard wrote:
Everything is closed. That's a staff coach. Sad


Wondered if it might be so was curious that the Figaro specified they had been out for week - may have been an assumption.
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Lizzard wrote:
Everything is closed. That's a staff coach. Sad


That was my first thought, although the reports seem to say it's after a week's holiday, I wasn't so sure. Poor kids...
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Very sad. Sad

After seeing the news here on Snowheads I went to the BBC website, but there was nothing posted until 15:43, the BBC seem to have been a bit slow in picking up on the story.
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2309922/BREAKING-NEWS-Passenger-killed-coach-carrying-young-Britons-goes-cliff-Alps.html
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Very sad. Sad

After seeing the news here on Snowheads I went to the BBC website, but there was nothing posted until 15:43, the BBC seem to have been a bit slow in picking up on the story.


All BBC presenters, camera crews and both their journalists are on planes to Boston.
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It is a coach returning ski workers to the uk. Driver looks to be the fatality.
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Alastair Pink wrote:
Very sad. Sad

After seeing the news here on Snowheads I went to the BBC website, but there was nothing posted until 15:43, the BBC seem to have been a bit slow in picking up on the story.


All BBC presenters, camera crews and both their journalists are on planes to Boston.

or practising for tomorrows funeral
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Whoever they are, workers or tourists, thoughts are with them and their nearest and dearest. RIP. Crying or Very sad
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boredsurfin, From that article "The bus is reported to have been transporting passengers back to the UK following a week-long break."

and

"Reports: Coach went over a cliff after breaks failed"


So not only did the Daily Fail get the details about those affected being holidaymakers wrong (if Lizzard is correct), their spelling standards leave something to be desired as well...
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Thoughts with everyone involved Sad

Having been up and down that road a few times, there are a couple of places I really wouldn't want to go over the edge, or even into one of the surrounding walls
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Alastair Pink wrote:
boredsurfin, From that article "The bus is reported to have been transporting passengers back to the UK following a week-long break."

and

"Reports: Coach went over a cliff after breaks failed"


So not only did the Daily Fail get the details about those affected being holidaymakers wrong (if Lizzard is correct), their spelling standards leave something to be desired as well...


Bus never went over a cliff according to the French reports, it hit the cliff.
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Alastair Pink, To be fair the Telegraph and The Sun have it wrong as well!
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9998235/Coach-carrying-Britons-crashes-in-Alps.html
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such a sad story to end the season on Sad
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Alastair Pink wrote:
boredsurfin, From that article "The bus is reported to have been transporting passengers back to the UK following a week-long break."

and

"Reports: Coach went over a cliff after breaks failed"


So not only did the Daily Fail get the details about those affected being holidaymakers wrong (if Lizzard is correct), their spelling standards leave something to be desired as well...


Edit: And as for the headline " ...as bus carrying children carers (my italics!) off Alps cliff rolling eyes
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We know someone on that bus so very worried. Our youngest is also due to leave the resort today - just heard from her to let us know she's safe
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Alastair Pink, To be fair the Telegraph and The Sun have it wrong as well!
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9998235/Coach-carrying-Britons-crashes-in-Alps.html


The Telegraph does at least correctly report that the bus hit the cliff rather than the Mail's sensationalist claim of going over it - if a bus went over a cliff at Alpe d'Huez there wouldn't be any survivors.
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dsoutar, hope all turns out okay...
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Unlike everyone else it seems, perhaps Aunty is just getting the facts straight before she publishes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22170407

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Shocking news. Twitter reports coming in that death toll revised down to one

Twitter was certainly running ahead of the news agencies.
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I did wonder given the day of the week, and it being the end of the season.



? ? Alpe d'Huez is open until the 27th. Maybe she means closed at the end of the day ?
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British TO's normally finish early though. You don't find much past Easter in their brochures.
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Claude B, OK I understand. I should have read the rest of the thread......
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BBC reporting it was a Skibound coach http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22170407
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dsoutar wrote:
We know someone on that bus so very worried. Our youngest is also due to leave the resort today - just heard from her to let us know she's safe


What a relief. I hope the person you know is ok. Horrific accident.
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Yeah - most of the UK workers leaving this week at some point. The last lot of TO punters went home at the weekend so it's just been admin, cleaning up etc this week. She also knew the girl who died at the start of the season when she climbed under the covers into the swimming pool so it's been a season bookended by tragedy
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My first thought was a school trip. Very sad whoever was on the bus.
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