Northern Irish driver dies in Belgium bus crash

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
The scene where the bus crashed
The scene where the bus crashed

A Northern Irish man has died after a bus crash in Belgium.

He was driving the bus with 34 schoolchildren from Essex when the vehicle overturned.

Richmond Coaches, the company which owns the coach, is based in Lisburn.

Another driver, also from Northern Ireland, was hurt in the crash and one of the schoolchildren, from Brentwood school in Essex, is in a critical condition in hospital.

The children were on their way to the German city of Cologne where they were to visit a theme park.

A spokesperson for Richmond Coaches said: “I can confirm it as one of our vehicles. We are working with all the authorities and our thoughts are with anybody who was involved."


Janna Rommel-Opstaele, mayor of the nearby town of Middelkerke, said: "One driver has been killed, the other is seriously injured in the accident. Some of the children with light injuries have been taken to local medical centre."