Swiss bus tragedy probe centres on driver

15th June 2012, Comments 0 comments

A three-month probe into a bus crash in a Swiss alpine tunnel that left 22 children and six adults dead, most of them Belgians, is presently focusing on the driver, Swiss officials said Friday.

After briefing relatives on the inquiry, Swiss prosecutor Olivier Elsig told a press conference that investigators had eliminated "technical reasons" linked to the state of the bus or the road and were looking instead at the state of the driver, who also died in the crash.

The 34-year-old driver had not long taken the wheel from a second chauffeur, who was aged 52 and also died, before slamming into a tunnel wall at 100 kilometres (65 miles) an hour on March 13.

"At this stage, the hypotheses of the involvement of a third vehicle, of a defect of the road or the tunnel, of the coach's excessive speed or of a defect of the bus, have been excluded," he said.

"The inquiries being pursued from now on are linked to the driver."

Elsig said investigators were awaiting the results of drug tests on the driver that were expected at the end of the summer. He was known not to have drunk any alcohol.

"It would be ideal to pinbpoint a reason. Perhaps we will never have one but we are getting much closer," he said.

© 2012 AFP

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