March 15, 2012- A special mass was being held in Belgium on Wednesday following the tragic accident of a Swiss bus. The bus crashed early Wednesday morning in the Swiss Alps, killing 28 on board including 22 vacationing children. The children were returning from a vacation of skiing in the Alps. The 22, 12-year olds had been accompanied by six adults, who were also killed.
The bus slammed into a tunnel wall head-on. The twenty-eight were killed instantly. Twenty-one of the victims were Belgian and seven were Dutch. Authorities were trying to piece together the accident Wednesday afternoon, while parents, family and classmates were trying to come to grips with the tragedy. The children had just days earlier written on their blog about their trip that included delicious meals, sing a longs and cable car rides.
Police informed the press that everyone aboard the bus had been wearing seat belts and that the bus was not speeding at the time of the accident. The bus crashed inside the 1.5-mile tunnel near the town of Sierre, in the Swiss Alps. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash.
Authorities from Belgium flew the parents and families of the children to the site of the accident. A moment of silence was held by the Swiss parliament in memory of the victims. Authorities are trying to figure out how a later model bus with a rested driver in a safe tunnel could crash.
Three causes were being looked into by Swiss authorities as possible causes for the accident. They three include human error, a problem with the driver’s health or a mechanical error on the bus.