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Prayers for coach crash injured

24 August 08 10:28 GMT

Prayers were being said for people who were injured in a coach crash near Alton Towers in Staffordshire which killed a man from Poland.

The coach, carrying workers from Northamptonshire, hit two cars, crashed through a wall and rolled down an embankment to land in a garden.

Special services were being held at the village of Alton's three churches.

A total of 71 people were injured in the crash and two are still critically ill in hospital.

Prayers were said at St John's Catholic Church, Alton Methodist Church and St Peter's Church of England Church.

Special services

Leaders at St John's are also liaising with churches in Northamptonshire and Peterborough, in Cambridgeshire, where the bus company was based, to hold special services there next week.

The migrant workers, who had been based at Lutton Farm, in Oundle, had been on a day trip to Alton Towers when the crash happened in Station Road, Alton, on Monday evening.

Four people remain in hospital and two, including the 62-year-old coach driver, who is from Peterborough, are still in a critical condition.

A post-mortem examination on 26-year-old Piotr Wolski, from Poland, has proved inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out, Staffordshire Police said.

Tests are also being carried out on the coach at a police garage and officers said it could take weeks to finish interviewing the passengers.

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