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Belgium Mourns Bus Crash Victims

dateline: 20 March 2012

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • mourn: to show sadness in memory of people who have died
  • head-on: straight into with the front first
  • elementary: primary; first grades of school
  • monitor: a person who observes and/or aids
  • technical: related to machines or electronics
  • respond: to go to a scene after receiving a call for help

Belgium Mourns Bus Crash Victims

Belgium held a national day of mourning on Friday of 28 people who were killed in a bus crash last week. The coach, which was on its way home to Belgium from a ski trip in the Alps, crashed head-on into a wall in Switzerland. 22 children and all 6 of the adults on board died. The children were 11 and 12-year-olds from two elementary schools. The adults were teachers, and ski monitors. 24 students were injured in the accident. It is unknown whether or not the crash was caused by human or technical. Many emergency workers said it was the worst crash they had ever responded to.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the crash take place?
  2. Why were there so many children on the bus?
  3. What is unknown?

Discussion Question: Prior to the crash, the children had been blogging about how much fun they were having on their ski trip. Why do you think parents of the victims were grateful for this school blog?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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