Swiss Tunnel Bus Crash Kills 22 Kids, 6 Adults

Belgium in mourning after ski holiday bus crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 14, 2012 4:52 AM CDT
The wreckage of a tourist bus from Belgium is dragged by a tow truck outside the tunnel of the AP motorway in Sierre, western Switzerland.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)
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(Newser) – A bus carrying students returning from a ski holiday crashed into a wall in a Swiss tunnel last night, killing 22 Belgian 12-year-olds and six adults. Another 24 students were hospitalized with injuries after the crash near the Alpine city of Sierre. The cause of the crash has not been determined. "The bus hit the barrier stones on the right side of the road. It then hit the tunnel wall front-on in an emergency stop space," police said in a statement. "Because of the strong impact the bus was badly damaged, and several passengers were trapped in the wreckage."

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