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Driver killed as coach carrying British schoolchildren crashes in Belgium

Driver killed as coach carrying British schoolchildren crashes in Belgium
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By Sarah Taylor with Reuters
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Belgium crash kills coach driver and injures at least six on board.

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A coach carrying 34 children from a British school has crashed in Belgium killing one driver and injuring at least six on board, reports suggest.

Local mayor Janna Rommel-Opstaele confirmed one person had died in the crash, which is thought to have taken place in West Flanders at around 9.45 am local time on Sunday, June 28.

One boy reportedly suffered a serious head injury and is believed to be in intensive care. Two further pupils, two teachers and another of the drivers are also said to have been taken to hospital.

The coach was carrying a group of 11 to 13 year olds from Brentwood School in Essex, south-east England. Both drivers are thought to be from Northern Ireland, which is where the coach operator is based.

Eyewitnesses say the vehicle crashed into the pillar of a motorway bridge. The cause of he crash has not yet been determined. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed it is working with Belgian officials to establish further details.

A spokesman from the coach company said they are cooperating with authorities.

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