Emergency services personnel stand at the scene of a bus accident crashed on the AP7 highway that links Spain with France along the Mediterranean coast near Freginals halfway between Valencia and Barcelona early Sunday, March 20, 2016. A bus carrying university students back from a fireworks festival crashed Sunday on a main highway in northeastern Spain, killing 14 passengers and injuring 30 others, a Catalonian official said. (AP Photo)

14 Killed After Spain Erasmus Student Bus Crash

Emergency services personnel stand at the scene of a bus accident crashed on the AP7 highway that links Spain with France along the Mediterranean coast near Freginals halfway between Valencia and Barcelona early Sunday, March 20, 2016. A bus carrying university students back from a fireworks festival crashed Sunday on a main highway in northeastern Spain, killing 14 passengers and injuring 30 others, a Catalonian official said. (AP Photo)

The lives of 14 students came to an abrupt end when a bus on a Spanish motorway between the cities of Barcelona and Valencia crashed.

The bus of university exchange students was returning from the largest fireworks festival in Spain.

Authorities reported that the unfortunate incident involved passengers both Spanish  and foreign nationals from over a European dozen countries.

A local Spanish official said, the students on board the bus are from countries such as the UK, Peru, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Japan and the Palestinian territories.

Jordi Jane, Catalonia’s regional interior minister, said the driver of the coach had “hit the railing on the right and swerved to the left so violently that the bus veered onto the other side of the highway”.

The bus subsequently injured two other people, when it hit a vehicle coming in the opposite direction.

Undertaker workers carry the body of a person killed during a bus accident on the AP7 highway that links Spain with France along the Mediterranean coast near Freginals halfway between Valencia and Barcelona, Sunday, March 20, 2016. A bus carrying university students back from a fireworks festival crashed Sunday on a main highway in northeastern Spain, killing 14 passengers and injuring 30 others, a Catalonian official said. (AP Photo)
Undertaker workers carry the body of a person killed during a bus accident on the AP7 highway that links Spain with France along the Mediterranean coast near Freginals halfway between Valencia and Barcelona, Sunday, March 20, 2016. A bus carrying university students back from a fireworks festival crashed Sunday on a main highway in northeastern Spain, killing 14 passengers and injuring 30 others, a Catalonian official said. (AP Photo)

The accident site is a known blackspot.  The crash occurred early on Sunday, March 20,2016, the bus was traversing the AP7 highway that links Spain with France along the Mediterranean coast near Freginals halfway between Valencia and Barcelona. A Catalonian official stated that 14 passengers were killed and 43 injured, 28 of which  were taken to hospital .

Spanish officials are currently in the identification process, therefore, the nationalities of the students have not yet been made public. However, officials have revealed that all fatalities were female.

The bus driver survived the collision and has been taken to a local police station. According to sources close to the investigation quoted by Spain’s Efe news agency, the bus driver has tested negative for drugs and alcohol and has been working for the bus company for 17 years without incident.

Those calling for further information about the bus crash from abroad should telephone +34 900400012 according to Emergencies Catalonia.

 

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