Swiss refuse reconstruction of Sierre coach accident
The Swiss prosecutor in charge of the investigation into the causes of last year’s coach accident that killed 28 people from Flemish schools will not carry out an on-site reconstruction
Authorities are examining driver’s GSM and laptop
In May this year, Swiss investigators issued a report clearing the driver of any fault but was not able to provide a definitive explanation of what happened. The bus was heading homeward when it entered the tunnel, side-swiped a wall and ran head-on into a niche.
A group of eight families had requested further investigation from prosecutor Olivier Elsig on the basis of a number of possible scenarios, which included the use of anti-depressants by Geert Michiels, who was at the wheel at the time of the crash. A possible cardiac arrest was another theory.
The Swiss authorities have already carried out a virtual reconstruction using a 3D computer animation, but parents were calling for a reconstruction at the scene itself, using an actual coach – something Elsig described as “impossible in practical terms to carry out”. Elsig also declined to provide a full report on the actions of the emergency services attending the scene.
Elsig did agree to an examination of the driver’s mobile phone and laptop. He said that the other leads had already been investigated, or were simply “irrelevant in determining the origin of the accident”.