Coach driver faces trial after fatal French crash

The driver of a coach which crashed while carrying school children and staff from Alvechurch, killing a teacher and seriously injuring others, will face trial for involuntary manslaughter.

Having reviewed all the evidence in the case, the investigating magistrate supervising the French proceedings has now agreed with prosecutors that the British driver of the coach, Derek Thompson, will face trial, which will probably take place next year. The coach involved left the road near Chalons-en-Champagne, 90 miles east of Paris on 19 February 2012 as the party returned from a school skiing trip.

French authorities agreed to release the crash wreckage for examination earlier this year.