Swiss bus crash kills 28 Belgians, most children

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Posted: Mar 14, 2012 2:14 AM
Swiss bus crash kills 28 Belgians, most children

SIERRE, Switzerland (Reuters) - A bus carrying Belgian tourists crashed into the wall of a tunnel in the Valais region of Switzerland, killing 28 people, 22 of them children, police said on Wednesday.

The bus, transporting 52 people, mostly school children from Lommel and Heverlee in Flanders, crashed on Tuesday night in the canton of Valais, which borders Italy, police said.

The bus was heading back to Belgium from a skiing holiday camp in Val d'Anniviers, a Valais ski resort.

Twenty-four more children aboard the bus were injured, some seriously, and were being treated in hospital, police said. The bus was traveling towards Sitten from Siders when it crashed into the tunnel wall.

Two drivers in the bus also were killed. The cause of the accident was not yet known, police said.

(Reporting by Denis Balibouse, Editing by Michael Roddy)