Mourners pay tribute to pupil killed in bus crash

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Pupils paid tribute yesterday to a teenager killed when two coaches taking British children on half-term holiday ski trips were involved in a crash with a lorry on a German motorway.

Friends of Stuart Dines, 14, streamed through the gates of his school at Framlingham, Suffolk, to leave flowers and messages of condolence.Earlier, prayers were said at St Michael's Church, Framlingham, for Stuart and for a coach driver from Norwich who also died and the scores of youngsters involved. German police said 28 people were hurt, four seriously.

The accident happened early on Saturday on the A4 autobahn near Cologne after a coach carrying 55 pupils plus staff from Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham suffered a puncture and pulled on to the hard shoulder. The stationary coach was then hit from behind by a lorry carrying sheet metal.

The lorry jack-knifed and was in collision with a second British coach carrying 36 pupils plus staff from Norwich School.