British boy one of Switzerland’s bus crash victims

by Gavrielle Kirk-Cohen

A British boy has been named as one of 28 people who were killed in a tragic bus accident in Switzerland.

 Sebastian Bowles, aged 11, was attending St Lambertus School in Belgium, when he was killed on his way back from the school’s skiing trip. Sebastian moved to Belgium two years ago with his family from north London. His body was identified by his parents, Edward and Ann Bowles, on Thursday.

Elio Di Rupo, Belgium Prime Minister: "The whole country weeps for its children"

 Day of mourning

Belgium is holding a national day of mourning for the deceased crash victims today, as well as a minute of silence at 10:00 am (GMT).

Flags were flown at half mast and bus and train drivers switched off their engines as a sign of respect during the moment of silence. 2,500 people mourned the loss of the 28 people at a Catholic service, in Lommel. Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said: “The whole country weeps for its children.”

Classmates of the dead and parents lay down flowers, drawings, toys, candles and letters in the schoolyard. “No more future, no more beautiful children’s dreams, just your unbearable and endless pain: we share it with you,” was written in a message which was left among the flowers at the school entrance.

                                  Unproven allegations

The cause of the crash is not yet known. It is believed that the bus hit a curb before it crashed into the wall of an emergency stop area. There are allegations that the bus driver tried to change a dvd which led to him being momentarily distracted causing him to crash into the wall. But these allegations have not been proven.