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Austrian tour bus crash claims its sixth British fatality.

A sixth Briton has died from injuries sustained in a coach crash in Austria earlier this month.

The person, whose gender, age and identity have not been released, died in hospital on Thursday, the Foreign Office said yesterday.

Five other British tourists were killed when a tour bus plunged off a mountain road close to the town of Hallein, near Salzburg, and tumbled 60 yards down a slope.

The coach rolled three times before landing in a mangled heap upside down.

A minibus driver alleged to have cause the crash faces a possible four year jail term for charges of causing death by negligence in the accident, according to police.

The Briton who died had been in the intensive care unit of an Austrian hospital.

Six British nationals remain in hospital in Austria following the crash, on August 10.

The tourist group was returning from a visit to a salt mine at Berchtesgaden, where Adolf Hitler had his alpine retreat, when the accident happened.

A team of ten from the travel company Inghams flew to Salzburg as well as a team of counsellors to assist those bereaved and in shock.

The Briton, who is thought to be a married man, was understood to have been in the intensive care unit of the Landeskrankenhaus hospital.

Doctors at the hospital said they could not release any details about the man, or the cause of his death. It is believed he suffered heart problems.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 28, 2004
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