It is one of the deadliest road accidents Europe has ever seen – and most of the victims are children. A coach crash in a Swiss motorway tunnel has killed 28 people, 22 of them youngsters.
They had been heading back to Belgium after a ski-ing trip organised by their schools. The coach, carrying 52 people, crashed head on into the wall of the tunnel near the town of Sierre in the Swiss canton of Valais.
A total of 24 children were injured. Some are in a serious condition. Those caught up in the crash were aged around 12. As investigators try to understand why the tragedy happened, Belgium has declared a national day of mourning. Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and relatives of the victims travelled to Switzerland on planes provided by Belgian authorities.
As they set off, many shocked parents still did not know whether their own youngsters had survived.