Fifteen people have been injured in France after a bus carrying teenagers from Wales careered off a motorway. Two of the victims are believed to be seriously injured after the bus, which was travelling to Italy, crashed near Lons-le-Saunier, near the Swiss border.  There were 48 people on board, most of them teenagers aged 14 to 17.  No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the incident.

Two helicopters were dispatched to the site after the bus landed on its side in a ditch, and the victims were rushed to hospital. Members of the group have been taken to the nearby town of Courlaoux.  A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing support to a group of British nationals following a coach crash in France. We are in contact with the relevant local authorities.”

The bus had reportedly travelled from north Wales.  The coach was run by Express Motors in Caermarfon, a family company which provides executive coaches for journeys across the UK and Europe.

A spokesmen for the company refused to comment.