Verdicts of accidental death were recorded yesterday on 11 Midland tourists killed in a coach crash in France 16 years ago.
The accident happened when their speeding coach careered off a French motorway and crashed.
Recording his verdicts, Telford and Wrekin coroner Michael Gwynne said the deaths had been aggravated by the excessive speed of the vehicle and a failure to check tyre pressures.
The inquest in Telford, Shropshire, heard how the double-decker coach, which had been operated by Telford-based Montego European Travel, was en route from Spain’s Costa Brava to Calais when it careered off the A6 - 80 miles south of Paris on June 3, 1990.
The 76-seat vehicle – which a tachograph showed was travelling at 78mph – ended up on its side and crashed through concrete fence posts into a field after its front offside tyre burst.
Six of the tourists killed in the accident were aged between ten and 68 and came from Telford. Four were from Wolverhampton and one from Oldbury. A further 18 people were seriously injured and 47 slightly hurt in the crash.
After announcing his verdicts, Mr Gwynne told relatives of the dead that the French system had failed them by taking so long to investigate the tragedy.
Mr Gwynne was told the driver of the coach, John Johnstone from Stoke-on-Trent, died in August this year of natural causes, aged 68.
In 2003 Mr Johnstone was given a 30-month suspended prison sentence by a court in Sens, France, after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter and was also banned from driving for five years. The court heard how he had been driving at 20 miles above the speed limit when the accident occurred. But appeals against the finding meant paperwork for the inquest was not sent to Britain until earlier this year.
"You have heard the sad tale of how matters just went on," Mr Gwynne told the court. "Never have I experienced the sort of lack of information which I was given every time I made a request over the 16 years this has gone on."
Earlier, Valerie Reynolds, whose 45-year-old husband Michael died in the crash, told the hearing that the coach was being "pushed on" because it was running late.
Mrs Reynolds said passengers had addressed concerns to a female courier about the coach – which should have been travelling at no more than 56mph – swaying and going too fast, but she had responded with laughter.
Another survivor, Michael Coates, was asleep when the crash happened at about 7.50am.
Asked for his view of the efforts to make up time, Mr Coates said: "We were hours behind schedule and the courier was trying to push the driver to try and get to the ferry on time.
"It was being driven, in my opinion, extremely fast and the swaying of the coach was dangerous."
The five from the West Midlands killed in the crash were decorator George Evans, aged 65 and his 60-year-old wife Joan of Milldale Crescent, Wolverhampton; Thomas and Jean Orme, both aged 59, of Bushbury Lane, Wolverhampton, and Mick Reynolds of Princess Road, Oldbury.