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Swiss coach crash: tributes to Belgian victims

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Swiss coach crash: tributes to Belgian victims


In Belgium, two primary schools have been turned into makeshift memorials for the victims of Tuesday’s Swiss coach crash that killed 28 people.

Most of the dead were Belgian and Dutch schoolchildren returning home from a ski trip. The coach ploughed into a motorway tunnel wall in the Swiss canton of Valais.

In the town of Lommel on the border with the Netherlands, hundreds of people turned up to sign the condolence book and lay flowers for the many eleven and twelve year olds who died.

Local residents said they were still in shock from the news and some thought the tragedy would make them think twice about school trips.

“I wouldn’t send my children on a trip like that. I mean it’s may be a stupid reaction, but you can’t keep your children safe”, said one woman.

Another man said:“I just saw two police officers with tears in their eyes, so I guess for everybody it is a hard moment right now.”

Tributes and messages were also left at the school in the town of Heverlee where some of the victims of the coach crash were pupils.

Outside classrooms, boards were covered with children’s drawings, many with flowers, rainbows and references to one of the teachers who died.

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