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Swiss tour bus crash kills 28, including 22 children

Officials said that the 22 children killed in the tunnel crash were wearing seat belts, and that the bus was not speeding
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Officials said that the 22 children killed in the tunnel crash were wearing seat belts, and that the bus was not speeding.

SION, Switzerland - A tourist bus slammed head-on into a concrete wall in a Swiss Alps tunnel, killing 28 people, mostly children returning from a ski vacation. Swiss police said Wednesday the vehicle was not speeding and everyone was wearing a seat belt.

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The bus was carrying students about age 12 from two different Belgian schools when it crashed shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday night on a highway near the southern town of Sierre, Switzerland. The horrific accident in the short Tunnel de Geronde left the front of the bus mangled, trapping people inside. Twenty-two school children and six adults, including the driver, were killed, and another 24 children were hospitalized.

A Swiss prosecutor said video cameras in the tunnel captured the accident. Olivier Elsig said no other vehicle was involved, and the bus was not speeding. Elsig said investigators were looking at three possible causes for the crash - a technical problem with the bus, a health problem with the driver, or human error.