The wreckage of a tourist bus from Belgium is seen at a hangar of the maintenance center of the motorway A9,in Sierre, western Switzerland
Witnesses told last night of horrific scenes after 22 children were killed when a school ski trip coach slammed into a tunnel wall in the Swiss Alps.
All six adults on board – including two drivers – also died and the other 24 children were injured in one of the worst road accidents in Swiss history.
The vehicle, taking pupils aged around 12 back to two schools in Belgium, crashed in the Tunnel de Geronde on Tuesday night near the southern town of Sierre.
The impact of the crash left the front of the vehicle a mangled wreck.
Due to the injuries, many of the victims could not be identified without DNA being taken and parents were flown out there yesterday.
Investigators were last night looking at the possibility the driver may have had a heart attack at the wheel – but said speed was not to blame.
One motorist who drove into the 1.5-mile tunnel just after the 9pm crash said: “I saw the front seats of the bus all smashed against each other and there was blood everywhere.
The wreckage of a bus that crashed into a motorway tunnel is pulled in Sierre
Pupils at the Sint Lambertus school, some of whom were on the coach trip