Alps coach crash: Wrexham woman Catrin Pugh injured

Catrin Pugh was thought to be on her way home after working in France

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A 19-year-old woman from Wrexham is one of three Britons seriously ill in hospital after a coach crash in the French Alps.

Catrin Pugh was among more than 50 people on the coach when it crashed and burst into flames near Alpe D'Huez on Tuesday.

It is thought she was returning home after working the ski season in France.

Her family, from Rossett, said in a statement they had been overwhelmed by good wishes and support.

The Foreign Office said Ms Pugh's family was being offered consular assistance.

Three Britons were seriously injured in the crash, which claimed the life of driver Maurice Wrightson, 63, from Northumberland.

The chartered coach had been transporting ski resort staff back to the UK at the end of the ski season.

Scene of French Alps coach crash The coach crashed and burst into flames near Alpe D'Huez on Tuesday

It crashed as it travelled down a steep mountain road which features 21 hairpin bends and regularly features in the Tour de France cycling race.

Police suspect there was a problem with the vehicle's brakes, causing it to veer off its intended path.

French officials say Mr Wrightson displayed "remarkable courage" by letting the coach hit rocks to slow down, rather than risk it going over a precipice.

Ms Pugh's family said: "We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and support, particularly British Foreign Office officials and SkiBound representatives who have been excellent.

"The hospital are doing all they can and have been most kind.

"We have been overwhelmed by the good wishes and support from everybody. We would now be very grateful if everyone would respect our privacy at this difficult time."

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