Sierre, Switzerland. Parents and others mourned the death of 22 Belgian school children who died along with 6 adults in a bus crash on Tuesday night March 13, 2012 during a skiing holiday.
The fatal accident occurred when a school bus carrying children aged 11 to 12 years back to Belgium from a skiing holiday, crashed into an Alpine tunnel wall, killing 28 of the 52 passengers on board.
The coach had left the resort of Val D'Anniviers in the Swiss canton of Valais, near the Italian border, on Tuesday night. The crash has killed a majority of the children, two drivers and four teachers. Among the injured, three children have been left in a coma.
This tragedy is the worst road accident involving Belgians since 1972 and possibly the worst in Switzerland. It occurred when the coach traversed a 1.5 mile (2.5 kilometer) tunnel near the Swiss town of Sierre, in south-western Switzerland, at around 9:00 p.m.
Reportedly, the bus hit the curb, began to spin out of control and proceeded head-on into a concrete cladding of an emergency structure, rendering the vehicle a tangled mass of crushed metal.
One very lucky girl to managed to survive has claimed that she was luckily lodged between two seats. Her injuries total two broken legs and a broken arm.
It is unclear what may have caused the accident as no other vehicles were on the scene or a possible cause of steering away in order to avoid a collision.
The bus was claimed to be a state-of-the-art vehicle with various safety devices. Belgian authorities have arranged to air-lift the bodies of the victims and transport them home shortly.