Five killed in Belgian bus crash

Vehicle carrying Russian group hit motorway guardrails and fell into ravine

Workers inspect the wreckage of a  bus, which  crashed through the guardrails of a  motorway near Antwerp in Belgium this morning and plunged down a ravine, killing five people. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters.

Workers inspect the wreckage of a bus, which crashed through the guardrails of a motorway near Antwerp in Belgium this morning and plunged down a ravine, killing five people. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters.

 

A bus carrying a group of young Russians crashed through the guardrails of a Belgian motorway and plunged down a ravine today, killing five people.

Five others were critically injured in the incident on the E34 motorway near Antwerp in northern Belgium, the council of the nearby town of Ranst said on its website.

The bus was carrying 42 passengers, mostly Russians aged 15 to 22 who were travelling from Volgograd to Paris, it said. The vehicle ended up on its side five metres below an elevated section of the motorway.

The cause of the crash was unclear. Another two people were badly injured and 15 slightly hurt, the council said.

Reuters