The son of Alvechurch school teacher Peter Rippington who was killed in a coach crash in northern France has spoken been reunited with his mother and sister, who survived the accident.

Max Rippington said he was "delighted" to be reunited with his mother, Sharon, and sister, Amy, following the coach crash in which his father, Peter, was killed.

The coach was carrying 29 pupils from Alvechurch Middle School, in Alvechurch, at the time.

In a statement, the Foreign Office said: "Sharon, who suffered multiple injuries to her face and back, is recovering in hospital and is able to talk to 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.

"As previously stated, the family would like to request privacy and time to grieve with their family and friends."

Peter Rippington, 59, died when the bus he was travelling in with a group of schoolchildren on their way home from a ski trip flipped over and plunged to the bottom of a motorway embankment in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France on Sunday.

The driver of the coach, named in reports as Derek Thompson, 47, said he has "no recollection" of the accident, prosecutors revealed.

He is being investigated for involuntary homicide and involuntary wounding after the accident. He has been allowed to return to the UK, with certain conditions attached, the prosecutors said.

In an earlier statement, prosecutor Christiande Rocquigny said: "Witnesses who were driving in the area near the coach saw the vehicle repeatedly swerve towards the verge.

"The tachograph indicates some unexplained variations in speed in the nine minutes before the accident."

The Foreign Office said most of the 49 British nationals who were on the coach were back in the UK, but seven people remained in hospital in France.