SA doc's child survives Swiss bus crash

2012-03-15 08:38

Bloemfontein - A former South African's 11-year-old daughter is one of the 24 survivors of the worst bus disaster in Swiss history, in which 28 people died - 22 of them children.

Andrea Hoebrechts is the daughter of Dr Hanani Pienaar, a former Bloemfontein resident who is currently a gynaecologist in Leuven.

By late on Wednesday night, she was still in theatre at the University Hospital in Bern, Pienaar said.

Andrea sustained multiple fractures and a serious concussion.

Skiing trip

According to Andrea’s grandfather, Professor Daan Pienaar from Bloemfontein, the children on the bus were all from Belgium and had been on a skiing trip to Switzerland.

“The bus crashed into one of the walls in a tunnel. I have been informed it is the biggest accident and rescue operation in Swiss history.”

Helicopters airlifted survivors to several hospitals in Switzerland.

Pienaar said the Belgian government offered incredible support to the parents of the victims.

“Two military planes flew parents to Switzerland shortly after the accident. The Belgian ambassador supports us throughout,” said Pienaar.

She said one of Andrea’s favourite teachers was among the 28 deceased.

“The whole of Belgium and Switzerland is shocked by the accident.”

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  • Irene - 2012-03-15 09:43

    Hope this little girl pulls through, whata horrible time for all. My condolences to the families of all the other people killed. 22 kids dying in one accident is horrific.

      Puzzled - 2012-03-15 09:46

      Irene, sadly it happens here so often that we tend to forget about it. We need to find out how they restrict their accidents so that it comes as a big shock here too when so many die in an accident. My condolences to all famiies too. I don't want to ever imagine that happening to my children!

      winston.mullany - 2012-03-15 13:44

      I wonder which a$$hole would give a thumbs down to a tradegy like this?

      winston.mullany - 2012-03-15 13:45


  • emokgojoe - 2012-03-15 15:31

    Winston its only an evil person who can give this a thums dowm..down right evil to the bones..sis

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