Twenty eight dead in Valais coach crash

A coach crash in Valais, southern Switzerland, on Tuesday night has left 28 people dead – 22 of them children.

This content was published on March 14, 2012 minutes

The dead and injured were among a Belgian school group returning home after a ski holiday, according to the Valais cantonal authorities.

Twenty-four children were injured. There were 52 people on the coach.

The group comprised two school parties from Flanders. They had been staying in the ski resort of Val d’Anniviers. The children were between ten and 12 years old.

The bus was travelling from Sierres to Sion through a tunnel on the A9 motorway, when for unknown reasons it veered and slammed into the tunnel wall.

The authorities told a news conference that both coach drivers had been killed in the crash.

Most of the injured have been taken to four hospitals in the area with three seriously injured transported to the university hospitals in Lausanne and Bern.

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