Suffolk boy dies in coach horror

A 14-YEAR-OLD Suffolk schoolboy has been killed in a coach crash in Germany.The boy, who has not yet been named, was among 55 students from Thomas Mills High School, in Framlingham, on their way to Fugen, in the Ziller Valley, Austria, for a skiing trip.

A 14-YEAR-OLD Suffolk schoolboy has been killed in a coach crash in Germany.

The boy, who has not yet been named, was among 55 students from Thomas Mills High School, in Framlingham, on their way to Fugen, in the Ziller Valley, Austria, for a skiing trip.

The bus crashed with another coach, carrying a school party from the independent Norwich School, and a lorry on the A4 motorway between between Kerpen Buir and Duren, south west of Cologne.

A further 28 people were injured - four seriously - and all were children aged between 14 and 18, said a Cologne Police spokesman.

The dead are believed to be an assistant driver seated at the front of one of the buses and a 14-year-old boy.

The accident happened at 5.45am local time.

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It is believed the lorry crashed into one of the coaches, which had stopped on the motorway hard shoulder.

The second bus then crashed into the scene.

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Francis Thomas, of Suffolk County Council, said: "We are in touch with British consulate officials at the scene and we are making all the necessary arrangements and trying to contact parents as quickly as possible.”

A Norwich County Council spokesman said none of the children was seriously hurt on the Norfolk bus, which was also taking children on a skiing holiday.

"We believe all the pupils from that school are uninjured,' he said. "They are being brought home at the moment.”

All parents had been contacted and were told to contact the school if they needed any more information, he added.

John Jennings, assistant headteacher and head of sixth-form at Thomas Mills High School, said staff had come into the school today to try to contact the parents of those involved.

Worried relatives can call a Foreign Office helpline on 0207 008 0000.

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