Deadly Spain bus crash kills 13, injures 43

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The Catalan government announced two days of mourning for the young lives claimed by one of Spain’s worst road accidents in the past two decades.

Reuters reports that students from 19 different countries, many of whom were part of the Erasmus exchange program, were returning to Barcelona from the Fallas Festival in Valencia early Sunday morning. The group had been on a bus travelling along the AP-7 motorway near the Freginals — the last of five buses in a convoy.

According to the New York Times, the bus hit a railing on the right side of the road around 6 a.m. After violently swerving to the left, it cartwheeled across the highway, crashing through the central barrier and onto the opposite lane. It hit a car with two passengers. Both were injured but survived.

The crash killed 13 female students aged 22 to 29. Of the 43 injured, 28 were still in the hospital as of Sunday afternoon, three of whom were in critical condition.

Authorities are still investigating what exactly caused the crash, though initial findings suggest the accident was a result of human error.

Police are currently questioning the driver of the bus, who survived the crash. He tested negative for drugs and alcohol, and has had no record of any other accidents in the past 17 years.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Bus on the AP-7 highway in eastern Spain
2. Bus hits railing
3. Bus cartwheels across the highway
4. Bus crashes through central barrier, his car on opposite lane
5. 13 killed, 43 injured in crash

VOICEOVER (in English):

“A bus carrying students from more than a dozen countries was traveling along the AP-7 highway in eastern Spain early Sunday morning.”

“Around 6 a.m., the bus hit a railing on the right side of the road.”

“After violently swerving to the left, it cartwheeled across the highway, crashing through the central barrier and onto the opposite lane. It hit a car with two passengers. Both were injured, but survived.”

“The crash killed 13 female students. Of the 43 injured, 28 were still in the hospital, three of whom were in critical condition.”

SOURCES:
NBC, CNN, New York Times, The Spain Report, BBC, Reuters
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/bus-carrying-erasmus-students-crashes-catalonia-killing-least-14-people-n542161
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/20/world/spain-deadly-bus-crash/index.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/21/world/europe/spain-bus-crash.html
https://www.thespainreport.com/articles/688-160320104233-14-people-killed-43-injured-in-erasmus-coach-crash-in-catalonia
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35855850
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-crash-idUSKCN0WM0EN