British teacher dies in school coach crash in France

Thầy giáo người Anh thiệt mạng trong vụ tai nạn xe khách tại Pháp

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◊ dies: is killed ◊  coach crash: tai nạn xe khách ◊ bring smb home: đưa ai về ◊ devastated: lòng dạ tan nát ◊ flown to Paris: được chuyển bằng máy bay vể Paris, takten to Paris by airplane ◊ treated in hospital: được điều trị tại bệnh viện ◊ seriously injured: bị thương nặng ◊ extremely concerned: rất lo lắng ◊ shocked: bàng hoàng, sửng sốt và đau xót ◊ saddened: đau buồn, deeply sad ◊

Two pupils from Alvechurch Middle School express their shock at news the coach had crashed

A teacher has been killed and more than 20 people hurt after a coach crashed while bringing a Worcestershire school party home from a skiing trip in Italy.

Pupils from Alvechurch School were among 49 people on the coach, which crashed near Chalons-en-Champagne, in northern France, early on Sunday.

Relatives of Peter Rippington, 59, who died, said they were “devastated”.

Ten people are being treated in hospital, including a girl flown to Paris, and 22 suffered minor injuries.

The girl, thought to be in her early teens, is seriously injured (bị thương  nặng) and was taken to a specialist children’s hospital in the French capital by helicopter.

Mr Rippington’s relatives said they were “extremely concerned (rất lo lắng)” for the teacher’s wife, Sharon, who was also injured in the accident.

‘Wonderful man’

Travel company Interski 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.

The firm, which organised the trip, said the accident happened at about 02:30 GMT (03:30 local time) on the A26 motorway (xa lộ), near Chalons-en-Champagne in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France, on the road between Troyes and the port of Calais.

The Foreign Office’s helpline  (đường dây hỗ trợ) is 0207 008 1500

There had been two coaches in the party travelling back, and the other one has arrived back at the school.

There had been 20 adults – including two drivers – and 29 children on board (trên xe).

The Foreign Office said four or five people – including children – had been seriously or critically injured. All the casualties (những người bị thương) were being treated in hospital.

In a statement, relatives of Mr Rippington said: “We, as a family, are devastated at the tragic loss of Peter, a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, friend and teacher.

“We are still extremely concerned about the health of his wife, Sharon, who was injured and is still recovering (đang trong thời gian bình phục) in hospital in France. Sharon is accompanied by her daughter Amy, who escaped incident (thoát được sự cố) the  with minor injuries (chỉ bị thương  nhẹ).”

Alvechurch is a Church of England middle school, with pupils’ ages ranging from 9 to 13.

Sue Rejoni, from Alvechurch, whose children used to attend the school, had come to lay flowers (đặt vòng hoa) in tribute to (để thương tiếc, để viếng) the teacher.

She said: “He taught two of my children and he made the world of difference to them. My son Josh is studying engineering at Coventry University, in part thanks to him.

Peter Rippington died in the crash and his wife, Sharon, was also hurt

“We are devastated by this loss and the whole village has been affected (! bàng hoàng đau xót).”

Her daughter Jess Callow, 15, said: “He took me for maths for the four years I was at the school. He was a great teacher.”

Kimberley Thornton, 23, from Redditch, said: “He was my form tutor, he was absolutely amazing. He was one of the only teachers I remember from the school.

“He was just really different kind of person, I could talk to him.”

Michael Darby, 16, who was taught sports for four years by the teacher, had come to the school with his mother to lay flowers as a tribute.

He told the BBC: “He was a wonderful man, he was firm but fair (nghiêm khắc nhưng rất công bằng).”

The Reverend Bernard Longley, the Archbishop of Birmingham, said he had been “shocked” by the crash.

“I pray that God will give strength and comfort to the children’s anxious families (những gia đình đang lo lắng) and to those affected by the death of their teacher,” he said.

Supt Steve Cullen, of West Mercia Police, said: “This is a very sad incident and I want to express our sympathy (bày tỏ sự cảm thông) to all those affected by the crash (những gia đình có người bị nạn).

“I also want to reassure local people that we are doing all we can to support and help the families of the children and members of the staff involved.”

He said specially trained family liaison officers had been put in place at the school.

Councillor (Ủy viên) Liz Eyre, from children’s services at the Worcestershire County Council, said: “We’re shocked and saddened about the accident earlier this morning. Our thoughts are with (chúng tôi cảm thông với) those involved and their families.”

She said the school was planning to open as planned on Monday.

Supt (Giám thị ) Steve Cullen and Cllr Liz Eyre said they were “shocked and saddened by the accident”

Local councillor June Griffiths said: “There is one youngster who is critically ill and I believe there are two other girls with serious injuries, so we need to make sure that the parents of those children can get out to them.

“The community is in shock – the school has been going on these holidays and has been waving the children goodbye year after year and they’ve been coming back safely.”


Driver questioned – Tài xế bị thẩm vấn

Interski said in a statement on its website that those unhurt were being cared for at a sports complex (khu phức hợp thể thao) in the region. They were receiving attention from the French Red Cross, which was providing psychological support.

Six ski instructors (thầy dạy trượt tuyết) from the company were among those on board, the Mansfield-based firm added.

The vehicle involved was owned by (thuộc sở hữu của) Solus Coaches, which is based in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

The BBC’s Hugh Schofield in Paris said it appeared the coach was the only vehicle involved.

Police said initial tests on the driver, who was slightly injured, showed he was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Officers were investigating whether the driver might have fallen asleep at the wheel (ngủ gục trên tay lái) , our correspondent added.

People in the UK who are worried about relatives and friends should call the Foreign Office’s helpline on 0207 008 1500.


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