British boy among bus crash victims

Tributes have been left on a bridge near the tunnel where a bus crashed in Switzerland, killing 28 people (Keystone)

Tributes have been left on a bridge near the tunnel where a bus crashed in Switzerland, killing 28 people (Keystone)

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A British boy was among the 28 people killed in a horrific bus crash in a Swiss tunnel.

Sebastian Bowles, 11, was one of the 22 children who died in Tuesday's crash, a spokesman for St Lambertus School in Heverlee, Belgium, confirmed.

The bus carrying 52 people hit a wall returning from a ski holiday in the Swiss Alps.

School representative Dirk De Gendt said Sebastian's British father Edward and Belgian mother Ann landed in Brussels on Thursday night after identifying their son's body in Switzerland.

Mr De Gendt said: "The mother had gone to Switzerland with a group of parents and the father had flown directly from London to Switzerland."

According to The Sun, Sebastian's father moved his family from London two years ago to be near his wife's relatives. The family previously lived in Crouch End, north London and now live in Louvain, the newspaper reported.

Relatives of the 28 dead faced the heartbreaking task of identifying them ahead of their repatriation. Family members were taken from a hotel in the southern Swiss town of Sion to the nearby morgue, where the bodies were being kept.

From there the relatives made a poignant visit to the crash site inside the Tunnel de Geronde near Sierre town. They placed flowers in a tribute to the 21 Belgian and seven Dutch victims.

Belgium has marked the deaths with a minute's silence observed by schoolchildren, politicians, factory workers, shoppers and motorists across the country.

Travellers at bus, underground and railway stations were asked to pause until church bells rang out to sound the end of the moment of remembrance - the centrepiece of what was declared a national day of mourning within hours of the accident.

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