THE son of Alvechurch teacher Peter Rippington, killed in Sunday's coach crash in France, has flown to France to be with his mother and sister, who remain in hospital.

Mr Rippington died during the crash on Sunday morning near Rheims and many pupils were injured as an Alvechurch Middle School party returned from a half term skiing trip.

A statement issued by the family said: "Max Rippington, son of Peter, who was so tragically killed in the horrific coach smash on Sunday, and Sharon Rippington, badly injured in the same incident, is delighted to be reunited with his sister Amy and his mum, Sharon.

"Sharon, who suffered multiple injuries to her face and back, is recovering in hospital and is able to talk with family and friends.

"Amy is also with her in hospital and is being treated for bruising and severely aching muscles.

"They all, Sharon, Amy, Max and family, wanted to express deep thanks to all for the very kind tributes and support being given.

"It has given them all enormous strength, comfort and pride."