13 Killed As Spanish Bus With Students From 19 Countries Crashes
At least 13 people were killed and 43 seriously injured when a bus carrying international students crashed midway between northern Spanish cities on early Sunday, reports say.
The bus was carrying Erasmus students from at least 19 countries home from the Fallas Festival in Valencia when it collided with a car on a motorway. Reports say that all 13 people killed in Sunday morning’s coach crash in northern Spain were young women.
The bus, which was carrying nearly 61 passengers, was driving away from Valencia on the last weekend of the Fallas festival, known for its big firework displays.
According to the Catalan government students came from Peru, Bulgaria, Poland, Ireland, the Palestinian territories, Japan, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. Reports say that the victims studied at various universities including the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
The driver had been taken to a local police station and tested negative for alcohol and drug. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear but was most likely due to “human error”.