Leger awaits outcome of Belgian coach crash investigation – 11 June 2007

Leger Holidays is awaiting the outcome of the investigation into Sunday’s coach crash in Belgium in which the co-driver lost part of his arm and three passengers were injured.

The accident happened on Sunday at 11.10am local time when one of the company’s coaches was forced to swerve to avoid an oncoming vehicle and crashed into a house between Middelkirke and Nieuwpoort in Belgium. 

The coach was returning to the UK following a nine-day tour of Prague, Vienna and Budapest. 

Leger Holidays managing director Ian Henry confirmed the co-driver had suffered injuries to an arm, resulting in a partial amputation, while the driver was uninjured.

Three of the 35 passengers on the coach – two female, one male – received treatment for slight injuries and were detained overnight in local hospitals.

Henry said: “An investigation into the exact cause commenced early Sunday and we await a full accident report. At the moment, our thoughts and concerns are with the injured who are still in hospital, and their relatives and friends.” 

Three Leger staff in Belgium were on the scene soon after the accident and nine more were deployed from the UK, including a trained counsellor. The team repatriated the last of the passengers today.

Leger also set up a UK hotline number (01709 786 502) for concerned family and friends. 

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