One dead after Northern Ireland tour bus crashes in Belgium

The scene of the crash
The scene of the crash

One person is feared dead after a Northern Ireland tour bus carrying children crashed in Belgium, local news reports have said.

Two drivers, six adult passengers and 34 children were said to be aboard the bus which overturned and crashed on the E40 motorway near Middelkerke, in West Flanders, early this morning.

Photographs on Twitter show the bus on its side and several people still inside.

The local paper Nieuwsblad has reported the person killed was one of the drivers of the bus, who was sitting beside the driver at the wheel.

According to local sources, the bus reportedly hit one of the pillars supporting the motorway bridge and fell over, landing on its side below the bridge.

It is not yet clear how many people have been injured but some children have been taken to hospital, according to local news reports.

A spokesman from Richmond Coaches, of Ballinderry Road, Lisburn, in Northern Ireland, confirmed that one of its vehicles had been involved in the crash.

He said what had happened was "a tragedy" and the company was co-operating with the authorities.

He said the company's thoughts were with everyone involved.