Bus crash in Belgium kills one; UK students all survive

Rescue personnel work at the site where a bus carrying British schoolchildren crashed in Middelkerke, Belgium, on Sunday.

Story highlights

  • One adult killed, several children seriously injured
  • Bus driver reported to be the lone fatality
  • Students were headed to Germany on a language trip

(CNN) A bus carrying 34 British schoolchildren between the ages of 10 and 12 crashed into a bridge in Belgium on Sunday morning, the school said. One person was killed, authorities said, but all the students survived, according to the school.

Several students were taken to local hospitals, Brentwood School in the UK said in a statement. One student is in intensive care, being treated for a head injury, according to the school statement.
    The lone fatality was either the bus driver or someone who was sitting next to him, according to the mayor of Middelkerke, a city on the north coast of Belgium, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of Dunkirk, France.
    The school said in a statement that the man killed was the driver.
    In addition, according to a statement from the mayor's office, one adult and two children were seriously injured. And 15 people had minor injuries, the statement said.
    The accident happened on a highway, and there were 42 people aboard the bus, all from Britain, the mayor said. That included 34 children, seven supervisors and the driver, according to the statement from the mayor's office.
      The bus was on the way to Cologne, Germany, the school said, and the students were on a language trip.
      "We have been informed that the driver was killed in the collision and his assistant has been severely injured," Brentwood School said in a statement. "Our thoughts are clearly with his family and all the families of the pupils and teachers involved."