PHOTOS: Belgium grieves after bus crash kills 28, including schoolchildren

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In this handout image provided by police, the bus is seen where it crashed inside a motorway tunnel near Sierre, southern Switzerland.

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Police Cantonale Valaisanne

At least 22 of the victims were children, most of them aged around 12. They were primary-school pupils from two small Flemish towns: Lommel, near the Dutch border, and Heverlee, east of Brussels.

Relatives have been gathering at the schools as authorities struggle to identify all those killed or injured. Parents are making their way to Switzerland today, where 24 children are still in hospital.

Meanwhile officials from all over Europe have been sending their condolences, with a minute's silence in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. 

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    In this handout image provided by police, the bus is seen where it crashed inside a motorway tunnel near Sierre, southern Switzerland.

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    Police Cantonale Valaisanne

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    The wreckage of the bus was towed away early Wednesday morning. An investigation into what caused the crash is underway.

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    SEBASTIEN FEVAL

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    Swiss authorities say the bus first collided with the right-hand tunnel wall, then smashed head-on into another concrete wall that forms part of an emergency access section. The vehicle was completely devastated.

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    SEBASTIEN FEVAL

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    Locals have been gathering at the two primary schools in Belgium where the children were pupils. Here, people express their grief at the Stekske primary school in Lommel.

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    YORICK JANSENS

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    Queen Paola and King Albert II of Belgium observe a minute's silence for the victims of the crash.

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    NICOLAS MAETERLINCK

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    Belgium's ambassador to Switzerland, Jan Luykx, visited the scene of the crash on Wednesday. The tragedy would hit the whole of Belgium, he said. "The magnitude of the accident is difficult to take in. For the moment I am concentrating on the practical aspects. The emotional side will come when we meet the families."

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    Relatives were taken from the the Stekske primary school in Lommel to a nearby military airport, from where they will be flown to Switzerland. At least 24 children were injured in the crash and taken to Swiss hospitals. Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo is also on his way to visit the scene.

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    YORICK JANSENS

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    Members of the European Parliament observe a minute of silence for the crash victims, in Strasbourg, France.

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    FREDERICK FLORIN