One child was killed and 11 other people were seriously injured today when a coach carrying schoolchildren from Scotland crashed in France, police said.
Strathclyde police confirmed that the coach was carrying children from Largs Academy, a secondary school in Ayrshire, when it crashed near Dijon, about 200 miles south east of Paris, early this morning.
The Foreign Office said British officials were working with the French authorities to establish exactly what happened and next of kin were being contacted.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: ‘‘There has been a coach crash involving British nationals that has taken place between Lyon and Paris.
‘‘British consular officials are in contact with the French authorities to establish what has happened and confirm details of those involved and next of kin are being contacted.’’
About 20 people in total were injured in the accident, at Bierre-les-Semur, near Dijon, according to reports.
The coach party was to be en route to Barcelona as part of an annual summer trip. No other vehicle was thought to be involved.
Forty three people were on the bus, among them six adults, including two drivers. The injured were taken by helicopter ambulance to Auxerre and Dijon.
According to the BBC, the coach had left the UK yesterday and had taken an overnight Channel crossing.
A spokeswoman at Largs Academy today would make no immediate comment on the accident and referred callers to the local authority - North Ayrshire Council.