SA child survives Swiss bus accident

2012-03-15 06:56

The 11-year-old daughter of a former South African is among 24 survivors of Tuesday’s Swiss bus tragedy in which 28 people died.

Andrea Hoebrechts, the daughter of former Bloemfontein gynaecologist Dr Hanani Pienaar, is in a critical condition in hospital in Berne.

According to Beeld newspaper, Hoebrechts has multiple fractures and serious concussion, and will undergo surgery.

The bus passengers were mostly Belgian children returning from a skiing holiday in Switzerland.

The bus crashed into a wall inside a tunnel, resulting in the deaths of 22 children and six teachers. The survivors were airlifted to hospital in military helicopters.

According to Andrea’s grandfather, Professor Daan Pienaar, his granddaughter’s favourite teacher was among the dead.

“The whole of Belgium and Switzerland is in a state of shock about this accident. Embassy staff are being incredibly supportive to all the parents and relatives,” Pienaar said.

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