Mourning for French coach crash victim

HUNDREDS of parents and pupils have paid tribute to the 15-year-old girl killed on a school trip last week when a coach overturned on a French motorway.

A special assembly was held at Largs Academy in Ayrshire where Katherine Fish was a pupil. The party of 43 children and six teachers were heading to Barcelona for a week-long cultural trip when driver Mark Chisholm, 31, mistook a motorway turn-off for a third lane on the A6 near Dijon.

Mr Chisholm, who is being treated for shock, has been charged with manslaughter and faces up to three years in prison and a possible pound;30,000 fine.

Teacher David McCluskey, 34, a keen trombonist in a professional blues band, lost his left arm, while two other members of staff and six pupils were badly injured when the coach crashed through barriers and flipped over.

Most of the injuries were suffered by staff and pupils catapulted through the windows of the bus.

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