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A crane lifts a bus which crashed in Belgium, leaving at least five people dead (AP)

A crane lifts a bus which crashed in Belgium, leaving at least five people dead (AP)

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A bus lies on its side after it crashed in Belgium (AP)

A bus lies on its side after it crashed in Belgium (AP)

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At least five people were killed in a bus crash in Belgium (AP)

At least five people were killed in a bus crash in Belgium (AP)

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A crane lifts a bus which crashed in Belgium, leaving at least five people dead (AP)

A Polish bus carrying Russian youngsters has crashed through guardrails and ended up on its side under an elevated highway in Belgium, killing at least five people and leaving five more critically injured, an official said.

The accident in Ranst, near the port city of Antwerp, happened at dawn and no other vehicles were involved at first sight, said mayor Lode Hofmans.

"We have five dead and five who are in a critical condition," the mayor said. He added two more were seriously injured while seven more had light injuries.

Mr Hofmans said the Polish bus was taking Russian youngsters from Volgograd and was heading towards Paris when the accident happened.

He said 42 people were in the bus at the time of the accident, mainly teenagers and a few in their early twenties.

PA Media