Five British gap-year tourists have been killed in a bus crash in Ecuador.

A further 12 Britons were injured in the crash while on a 15-week South American trip with VentureCo, a direct-sell gap-year specialist.

The accident happened at 7.30pm local time on Saturday when the bus carrying the students was in collision with a lorry carrying a full load of sand.

The injured are being treated in the country and it is thought they will return home just as soon as they are able to.

Gap-year students Indira Swann, 18, from Berkshire, Lizzie Pincock, 19, from Somerset, Rebecca Logie, 19, from Lancashire and Emily Sadler, 19, from Hertfordshire all died as did travel company guide Sarah Howard, 26, from Cheshire.