“Belgium and Switzerland are in shock after a coach crash on Tuesday night in Valais, southern Switzerland, left 28 people dead – 22 of them children.
The dead and injured were among a Belgian school group returning home after a ski holiday. It is one of the worst accidents in Switzerland in 30 years.
Twenty-four children were injured. There were 52 people in the coach.
The group comprised two school parties from Lommel and Heverlee, from the Flemish part of Belgium, close to the Dutch border. They had been staying at a ski resort in Val d’Anniviers, a popular winter holiday destination.
The children were around 12 years old.
It has been confirmed that nine children from the travel party were from the Netherlands. Police said seven Dutch children – who were pupils at the Belgian school – were among the fatalities”
“Twenty-four children have survived the crash. 15 are in hospital in Sion. Six are slightly injured and are staying in other hospitals in the region. Three should be able to go home today. Three others, the most badly injured, have been taken to university hospitals in Lausanne and Bern.
The Valais area has a large fleet of helicopters. As a result the injured could be taken to hospital very quickly.”