British boy killed in Crete coach crash

Last updated at 13:35 05 August 2004

A 10-year-old British boy was killed and two other children were fighting for their lives in hospital following a coach crash in Crete, it was confirmed today.

The youngsters were among five people seriously injured in the road accident last night, close to the tourist resort of Malia.

Police in Crete said that the dead boy, thought to be called Paul Amar, was killed at the scene when a truck ploughed into a coach carrying 30 British tourists at midnight local time.

Officers said that a nine-year-old boy and a teenage girl, thought to be aged 15 or 16, were being treated at the Heraklion University Hospital.

The Foreign Office said another child and one British adult were also confirmed as injured.

A spokeswoman refused to discuss the identities of the children involved, but confirmed embassy staff were assisting families at the scene.