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Jamaicans invited to mourn with Belgium

Published:Friday | March 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Twenty-eight candles are brought in procession to honour the bus crash victims at the church 'Saint-Croix' (Holy Cross) in Sierre, Switzerland, yesterday to remember the victims of a tourist bus from Belgium that crashed in a tunnel of the motorway A9 on Tuesday. - Ap

A condolence book is to be opened at the Embassy of Belgium at 10 Millsborough Crescent in St Andrew for persons who wish to join in mourning the deaths of more than two dozen people killed in a tragic bus accident in Switzerland earlier this week.

"The Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium wishes to express its gratitude to the numerous Jamaicans, of all walks of life, who have been expressing their sorrow and condolences to the Belgian people on the occasion of the tragic accident that took the lives of 28 people - including 22 children - most of them of Belgian nationality, in Switzerland, on March 13," the embassy said in a release yesterday.

The release indicated that the condolence book would be open today and Monday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, for all persons who wish to sign it.

"Together with the rest of Belgium, the embassy will be mourning the victims of this tragic accident this Friday, March 16, and the Belgian flag will be flying at half mast," the embassy said.

Yesterday, relatives of those killed when the bus from Belgium crashed inside a Swiss tunnel endured a heartbreaking task identifying the bodies of their loved ones ahead of their repatriation.