Saturday, March 17, 2012
SIERRE COACH CRASH
The Sierre crash occurred on 13 March 2012 near Sierre, Switzerland, when a coach carrying teachers and children crashed into a wall in the Sierre Tunnel.
"The mystery of the bus crash that killed 22 children and six adults in a Swiss tunnel is deepening...
"A Swiss prosecutor in the case ruled out the driver being drunk, speeding or being distracted by a DVD player...
"The prosecutor, Olivier Elsig, made clear that the driver did not suffer a heart attack and had rested sufficiently before Tuesday's crash."
All the children on board were said to have been wearing seatbelts.
The coach had been carrying pupils from different schools in the Belgian towns of Lommel and Heverlee.
Didier Reynders, the Belgian foreign minister, said 'It is incomprehensible. There were three buses yet only one hit the wall, apparently without contact with any other vehicle.'
"A 12-year-old girl aboard the bus who escaped with serious injuries was the first survivor to describe what happened.
"She said: 'I felt a hard jolt. Then everything went dark. 'The seats worked loose and were flung around the bus. I was hurled forward and ended up pinned between two of the seats.'"
On 31 August 1997, Lady Diana died after a crash at the Place de l'Alma tunnel, in Paris.