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Sleepy Belgian town rocked by bus crash tragedy


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Sleepy Belgian town rocked by bus crash tragedy

Lommel, a sleepy Belgian town close to the border with the Netherlands, is still reeling from the dreadful accident that claimed the lives of 28 people.

Seventeen of the dead were pupils or teachers at the t’ Stekske school.

Outside the school gates, parents and schoolchildren have been gathering to lay flowers and pay their respects.

Earlier today, the primary school, whose name eans “the little matchstick” in Dutch, joined in the national day of mourning.

Our correspondent Audrey Tilve said: “During the minute’s silence, staff and students held a service inside the school hall, away from the glare of the TV cameras.

“They held each other’s hands before offering a candle and teddy bear in memory of their friends and exchanging kisses. A way of saying goodbye to their late classmates who will not be coming back to school again.”

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