No final answers in Swiss bus crash investigation
Parents of the 22 children who died in last year’s bus crash in Switzerland were said last week to be “disappointed” by the latest report from the prosecutor for the Valais canton where the accident took place.
The accident happened in March 2012 when pupils from primary schools in Lommel and Heverlee were returning from a ski holiday. Two drivers and four members of school staff were also killed when one of the buses crashed against the side of a tunnel.
According to the Swiss authorities, the cause of the crash has not – and probably never will be – determined. The prosecutor stressed that two hypotheses could be ruled out: that the driver suffered a heart attack or that he was effected by an anti-depressant he was taking.
The remaining hypotheses – that he crashed the bus intentionally or that his attention was somehow diverted – remain unconfirmed. The prosecutor’s office has proposed that the investigation be closed. In Belgium, other parties – namely the relatives of the dead – have the right to request additional enquiries.