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Adult dies as school bus overturns

A bus carrying British schoolchildren went off a motorway and overturned near the Belgian coast today, killing one adult chaperone and injuring the driver and some of the children.

Belgian authorities said the vehicle apparently went out of control, struck a bridge pillar on the E40 motorway, then shot off the road.

The bus was carrying about 40 passengers, including 34 British children aged between 11 and 13, authorities said.

The Belgian federal prosecutor's office said all of the children survived the accident but an adult passenger had been killed. The bus driver was also seriously injured.

Three adults and some of the children were sent to a local hospital for treatment. Others were transported to a centre in the coastal city of Middelkerke.

British authorities said they were aware of the crash and working with Belgian authorities to help the UK citizens.

The E-40, a major thoroughfare that links Belgium's North Sea coast to the capital city of Brussels, was closed to traffic following the crash.

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