A 61-year-old British man was killed in a bus crash which was carrying a school group returning from a ski holiday in an Italian resort, it has been reported.

The children were from Alvechurch School, in Worcestershire, the ski company Interski Snowsport School said in a statement.

The incident is believed to have occurred at around 3 a.m. on Sunday morning when the coach drifted away from the motorway and fell into a nearby ditch.

According to an AFP report, the coach struck a safety barrier in the early hours of Sunday and rolled over to a ditch on the A26 motorway near Chalons-en- Champagne on the road between Troyes and the port of Calais.

There were 49 people on board including 27 teenagers and 20 adults when the accident occurred near Reims, in northern France, the Daily Mail has reported.

Among the injured, one person is said to be in serious condition and is fighting for his life, the Daily Mail reported quoting the police officials.

Minor injuries were treated at the scene and the injured were taken to a council sports centre in a nearby town and are under the care of the French Red Cross.

The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained as the driver of the bus is one among the injured.

Citizens can contact the UK Foreign Office's helpline on 0207 008 1500 for information about the accident.