Coach crash survivors return to emotional reunions

The survivors of a coach crash in France which killed a teenage schoolgirl have returned to Scotland for emotional reunions with their families.

The survivors of a coach crash in France which killed a teenage schoolgirl have returned to Scotland for emotional reunions with their families.

A plane carrying 31 pupils and two teachers who were on the school trip arrived at Scotland's Glasgow Airport at 2.45am, nearly 24 hours after the accident.

Katherine Fish, from Largs, died, and six other pupils and three teachers from Largs Academy, North Ayrshire, were seriously injured when their bus overturned on a motorway sliproad near Dijon, central France.

One of the teachers lost his arm in the accident and six pupils and two other teachers are still in a "serious" condition in hospital in France.

Speaking after their arrival, Alasdair Herbert, assistant chief executive of North Ayrshire Council, told waiting reporters: "They are tired, tearful, and relieved.

"They are relieved to be back home and reunited with their families."

Mr Herbert added: "The parents have been very understanding and tolerant and delighted to see their loved ones home to be reunited with them."

The 26 girls and five boys on the flight were medically checked on arrival and given the all-clear to go home. They were picked up by their parents and others were taken home by coach.

The headteacher of the school and its education director have left for France with parents anxious to see those injured in the crash and arrangements are likely to be made to bring back as many of those still in France as possible.

"They will clearly look at all the circumstances and provide what assistance and guidance they can," Mr Herbert said.

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