Irish driver dead as bus carrying 34 English children crashes in Belgium
A bus driver from Northern Ireland has died after a coach carrying English school children crashed on a motorway in Belgium.
The bus, which belongs to Lisburn firm Richmond Coaches, crashed shortly before 9am UK time on Sunday near Middelkerke, in West Flanders.
It was carrying 34 pupils and six teachers from Brentwood School in Essex along with two drivers from Northern Ireland.
It's understood that the children were all aged between 11 and 13 and were on their way to a theme park in the German city of Cologne.
"One driver has been killed, the other is seriously injured in the accident. Some of the children with light injuries have been taken to local medical centre," Janna Rommel-Opstaele, the mayor of the nearby coastal town of Middelkerke, told Reuters.
It's understood one of the children is currently receiving treatment in intensive care for serious head injuries; two teachers and three pupils are also believed to be in hospital.
Pictures from the scene show the coach lying on its side on a grass verge along the E40 motorway after it overturned following a collision with a motorway bridge support pillar.
A spokesman for Richmond Coaches, said: “The children are all okay.”
He said they were from “a school from England” but declined to identify which one.
“I can confirm it as one of our vehicles. We are working with all the authorities and our thoughts are with anybody who was involved,” he added.
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