March 14th, 2012
02:16 AM ET

Report: 28 killed in Swiss bus crash

A bus crashed into a tunnel in Switzerland, killing 28 people, including 22 children, Tuesday night, the country's national news agency said.

Another 24 children were injured in the wreck, the SDA-ATS news agency said.

The bus, registered in Belgium, was headed toward Sion, the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais, when it slammed into a highway tunnel in Sierre in the same canton.

Switzerland has 26 cantons, or districts.

No additional information was immediately available about the crash.

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  1. Seatbelts

    Who would even want bus passengers wearing seatbelts. What schoolbus driver wants to be the first to say "This bus isn't moving till you kids in the back buck-up"? Bigger crashes, fewer seatbelts/airbags. Ban the usage of seatbelts on buses.

    March 14, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Joanna

      We are talking about Europe – Belgium, where people do use their seatbelts by law, because they do understand that the law is made for the reasons. There are countries were people obey the laws.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ignited Airlines

    I could see where seatbelts would come in handy during a bus crash. But a flaming airliner going down? "This is your captain speaking. Some of you may have noticed flames coming from enfines 2, 4, 1, and 3. Please fasten your seatbelts." Permanantly ban the use seatbelts on buses. That oughta do it for ya. Especially school buses.

    March 14, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Princess Eugenia

    Everybody put on your meatbelt. Do Belgian schoolchildren really get to go skiing in Switzerland for school field trips? Nice. Except when they crash.

    March 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • K.D.C

      I dont think seatbelts could have saved anybody in this horrible accident. The whole front of the bus is gone.
      Deadtoll : 22 children and 6 adults. And then there's the 24 injured , of wich 3 are in a coma and 4 are not identfied yet ....
      2 six th grade classes, ... gone .... there are no words. All of Belgium is in morning. These 6 th grade "snow trips" are the graduaion trips of these childrens' elemantary education. Being from Belgium I took my 6th grade "snowtrip" to Malloja, Switserland. We went by train, these children went by bus.

      March 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • K.D.C

      All the children were wairing seatbelts, as reported by VTM ,Belgium

      March 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joanna

      If you have nothing constructive to say you should not post your comments. You want the people from other countries to feel empathy when bad things occur in USA. With you being able to speak I understand why other countries do not care about US.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    Of course there will be plenty of people who will come up with a scenario like "what if the schoolbus is going down a desert highway and Wiley Coyote pushes a boulder onto the road and the bus swerves to miss it and goes over a cliff and crashes into a giant cactus and bursts into flames and herp derp derp and the kids can't get out because they are trapped by the seatbelts that the stupid government made them wear and their blood is on Obama's hands and herp derp derp." But in your standard, run-of-the-mill 99% accident, nothing saves a life like a seatbelt. Nothing.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobbledorf

    i agree with bombo.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. commenter

    This is absolutely terrible. My heart goes out to the people involved and their families. I have never posted a comment before. But when I saw the video of how the bus crashed, I could not believe what I was looking at. Apperently the bus crashed into a 90% blunt wall inside the tunnel. How can you have exposed walls like that in a tunnel, no gaurd rails or concrete barriers to deflect the impact. UNBELIEVABLE!!! This tunnel was rated safe? who approved a design like this. Wow just like the Diana crash or the luger killed in the last winter olympics in Canada ( they had a barrier up the next day) You just CAN NOT have exposed areas like this. HOW SAD. This could have been greatly minimized with some properly designed barriers. I think there could be a serious law suit here.

    March 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gina

    Sweet little angels, rest in peace...

    March 23, 2012 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |