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Spanish Bus Carrying Foreign University Students Crashes, 13 Dead

The students on the bus were mostly women and aged between 22-29 years were from at least 19 countries.

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accident crashed on the AP7 highway that links Spain with France. (Photo: AP)

At least 13 people were killed when a bus carrying a large group of foreign university students crashed early on Sunday midway between the Spanish cities of Valencia and Barcelona, authorities in the northeastern region of Catalonia said.

Eight of the 43 passengers had also been seriously injured.

The students mostly women and aged between 22-29 years were from at least 19 countries and many were part of the Erasmus exchange programme between European universities, emergency services in Catalonia said.

The bus crashed and overturned at about 10:30 AM (IST) on a road that runs along Spain’s eastern coast. After swerving onto the other side of the road, it had hit an oncoming car, injuring the two passengers.

The bus, which was carrying 61 passengers, according to estimates from the authorities, was driving away from Valencia on the last weekend of the Fallas festival, known for its big firework displays.

The driver had tested negative for alcohol and drug.

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