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Belgian schoolchildren learn of bus crash that killed classmates

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Relatives, parents and teachers arrive at the Sint Lambertus school in Belgium on March 14, 2012. A bus carrying children from the school crashed in a tunnel in Switzerland, killing 28 people.

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There was equal grief at the Stekske primary school in Lommel, Belgium, following news of the bus crash.

Reuters reports from Heverlee, Belgium — At morning assembly on Wednesday, the children of St Lambertus primary school in the Belgian town of Heverlee learnt of the bus crash in the Swiss mountains that killed a teacher and several of their classmates.

Twenty-four pupils from the Catholic school in the Leuven suburb of Heverlee were on the ski trip, a popular annual event. A teacher and a trip organizer were killed in the crash along with eight local children. In total, 22 children and 6 adults were killed.

"The eight sets of parents, they can only sit and wait, they just don't know. I'm in pain, I have tears inside," said Dirk De Gendt, a priest at St Lambertus Catholic church and a member of the school board.

"We don't have words, only deep grief. They were supposed to be back now." Read the full story.

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A worker stands in front of the wreckage of a bus that crashed into a motorway tunnel in Sierre in western Switzerland on March 14, 2012. The bus, carrying 52 people, hit the side of a tunnel on the way back from a school ski trip and slammed into a wall, crushing the front third of the vehicle.