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Three bus crash survivors 'out of danger'

AFP · 21 Mar 2012, 08:54

Published: 21 Mar 2012 08:54 GMT+01:00

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Three girls who survived a Swiss bus crash that killed 22 children and six adults have woken from an induced coma and are no longer in danger, the hospital where they are being treated said Tuesday.

"After a particularly alarming period the young patients' health has improved markedly and there is no longer any immediate threat to their lives," Lausanne university hospital said in a statement.

No date has been set for their repatriation, but they are expected to go home soon, it said.

The coach was returning from a ski trip with 46 children, four teachers and two drivers on board when it smashed into the wall of a Swiss Alpine tunnel on March 13th.

The accident killed 28 people and plunged Belgium, where most of the victims were from, into mourning.

The Lausanne hospital said the neurological situation of two of the girls who are suffering from multiple factures and concussion was "developing positively".

The third patient who is suffering from bone marrow lesions "is showing encouraging signs of recovery that allow some movement of fingers and toes", it added.

All three however will need to undergo an extended period of rehabilitation, the hospital said.

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Swiss investigators are due to go to Belgium soon to hear again from the children who were on board the coach to try to find out what happened just before the accident, local prosecutor Olivier Elsig said.

He also said that technical experts were also trying to determine the state of the vehicle before it crashed.

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2012-03-27 01:27:56 by sanvi
Hello. My name is Rafael, i am a tour coach driver in Mexico. First a wholeharted sympathy for those whose children and relatives died in this sad accident, and my best hopes for those injured, and of course for the families of the two drivers who also died on work. As bus drivers, we are exposed to all kind of dangers while being on the road. When talking about this accident´s causes, it is always controversial and even speculative. I agree with possibilities until now: a mechanical failure may overcome at any moment, and sometimes unexpectedly, as well as a sudden driver´s illness.I believe that there might be other causes which according to my driving experience might have caused this crash: an animal that jumps into the road and gets on vehicle´s way can cause a severe descontrol for driver, with terrible consequences; or when there is diesel or oil split on the pavement (a little quantity of these substances may provoque a total loss of control while driving a coach). I myself have transported groups of children on board. and sometimes a sudden shout, a sudden movement on the aisle, etc. are momentary distractors.... Whatever are investigators´ findings, we all have something to learn. To my colleagues in Europe, take care! Best Regards.
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