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5 dead, 5 hurt after bus carrying Russian youngsters crashes in Belgium

  • A crane lifts a bus which crashed into a ravine in Ranst, Belgium on Sunday, April 14, 2013. The Polish bus carrying Russian youngsters crashed through guardrails and off a highway onto a field below near the port city of Antwerp on Sunday, killing at least five people and leaving five more critically injured. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    A crane lifts a bus which crashed into a ravine in Ranst, Belgium on Sunday, April 14, 2013. The Polish bus carrying Russian youngsters crashed through guardrails and off a highway onto a field below near the port city of Antwerp on Sunday, killing at least five people and leaving five more critically injured. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Polish bus lies on its side after it crashed down a ravine in Ranst, Belgium on Sunday, April 14, 2013. The bus carrying Russian youngsters crashed through guardrails and off a highway onto a field below near the port city of Antwerp on Sunday, killing at least five people and leaving five more critically injured. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    A Polish bus lies on its side after it crashed down a ravine in Ranst, Belgium on Sunday, April 14, 2013. The bus carrying Russian youngsters crashed through guardrails and off a highway onto a field below near the port city of Antwerp on Sunday, killing at least five people and leaving five more critically injured. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers go over evidence and personal items at the site of a bus crash in Ranst, Belgium on Sunday, April 14, 2013. The Polish bus carrying Russian youngsters crashed through guardrails and off a highway onto a field below near the port city of Antwerp on Sunday, killing at least five people and leaving five more critically injured. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Police officers go over evidence and personal items at the site of a bus crash in Ranst, Belgium on Sunday, April 14, 2013. The Polish bus carrying Russian youngsters crashed through guardrails and off a highway onto a field below near the port city of Antwerp on Sunday, killing at least five people and leaving five more critically injured. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

A Polish bus carrying Russian youngsters crashed through guardrails and ended up on its side under an elevated highway near the port city of Antwerp on Sunday, killing at least five people and leaving five more critically injured, an official said.

The accident in Ranst happened at dawn and no other vehicles were involved at first sight, said mayor Lode Hofmans.

"We have five dead and five who are in critical condition," Hofmans said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. He added two more were seriously injured while seven more had light injuries.

Hofmans said the Polish bus was taking Russian youngsters from Volgograd and was heading towards Paris when the accident happened. He said 42 people were in the bus at the time of the accident, mainly teenagers and a few in their early twenties.

Pictures of the crash scene showed the white bus lying on its side with belongings of the passengers strewn outside. At the crash scene, a crane was trying to lift the bus.