Three British tourists have been injured, one seriously, in a coach crash near Grenoble in the French Alps in the early hours of this morning.

The coach, that was operated by SkiPlan, was travelling between La Grave and Mizoens. The operator relies mostly on direct sales although a spokeswoman admitted “a few” bookings are made through agents.

She added the coach, which contained a party of 46 British tourists, crashed at around 5.30am this morning when it hit black ice before crashing into a road barrier between La Grave and Mizoens.

It was transferring the party at the end of their holiday from the resort of Vars in France to Grenoble Airport.

Three people were injured in the crash and all were taken by helicopter to a hospital in Grenoble. Two have already been released and have rejoined the group while a third remains in hospital with “serious injuries”. A spokeswoman declined to say what these were.

She added: “All other party members were fit to travel home. They have been transferred to another coach and have arrived at Grenoble Airport, where they have checked in to return to the UK on the original flight which has been delayed to accommodate them.”