A tour bus carrying dozens of British tourists returning from an Italian ski resort left the roadway early on Sunday (February 19) near the town of Reims, some 140 kilometers from Paris. There is one reported death and some 23 injured, several of them seriously. The accident involved no other vehicles.
COMMENT: Destined for Birmingham, the driver was also injured. Diagnostic tests following the accident revealed no presence of alcohol or drugs. The driver will be questioned by the local prosecutor after he is released from the hospital.
This posting will be updated as new information becomes available.