13 students who lost their lives when the bus in which they were riding crossed the center line, collided with a car and overturned, due to human error, leading the Spanish authorities.
According to the minister of the Interior of Spain Î¤Î¶ÏŒÏÏ„Î¹ Zane is probably the driver of the bus fell asleep, and thus explains the abrupt maneuver just before the crash.
Spanish media broadcast that the driver was 17 years of service and never, until Sunday, had not been involved in any accident.
In addition to the 13 dead girls in the accident were injured 34 people, six of whom were hospitalized in critical condition.
The majority of the passengers of the bus he was enrolled in the universities of Catalonia in the framework of the european student exchange programme Erasmus, according to the Catalan minister of the Interior, Î§ÏŒÏÎ´Î¹ Xane.
The figures for nine of the victims were identified, added to the School, while he refused to disclose the names or the ÎµÎ¸Î½Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ„Î·Ï„ÎÏ‚.
“We will not publish any list that has not completely crossed,” said the official.
The passengers, men and women, were aged 20 to 32 years of age and came from 20 different countries.
The authorities explained that they came in contact with the consulates of Germany, Belgium, France, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, Palestine, Peru, Poland, the Czech republic, Britain, Sweden, New Zealand and Ukraine.
In addition, as pointed out by the regional government of Catalonia in a communication and broadcasting Spanish media, “according to the latest data, on the bus were students from Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Czech republic, great Britain, Italy, Peru, Bulgaria, Poland, Ireland, Japan, Ukraine, Holland, Belgium, France, Palestine, Turkey and Greece”.
It is noted that that two countries – New Zealand and Finland – are still in the process of confirmation.
A spokesperson for the Italian ministry of Foreign affairs stated that “we fear that among the dead there are seven that are likely to be Italians. We are not entirely sure as the procedures they identified are in progress.” “I’m devastated for the victims from Italy and the rest of the young people whose lives were destroyed in the accident in Spain,” wrote the Italian prime minister Matteo Meet on Twitter.
The accident happened shortly before 06.00 in the morning in the Î¦ÏÎµÎ³Î¹Î½Î¬Î»Ï‚, a community near the town of Î‘Î¼Ï€ÏŒÏƒÏ„Î±, at a distance of about 150 kilometres south of Barcelona, while the bus was returning from the Î¦Î±Î»Î¬Ï‚ in Valencia, after events in the context of a traditional feast.
He had not consumed alcohol, the driver
The driver hit the guardrail on the right side of the road, and she did a maneuver to the left so steep that the vehicle was found on the opposite side of the road,” explained the Catalan official.
The bus collided with a vehicle coming from the opposite direction, the two occupants of which were injured.
The driver, who survived the crash and is being interrogated by the police, subjected to tests as to whether he had consumed alcohol, medicines or narcotic substances, and the results were negative, stated the ministry.
“In the last few years, every time there is a crash, it happens in the particular kilometer,” said the French Agency, the mayor of Î¦ÏÎµÎ³Î¹Î½Î¬Î»Ï‚, Jose Î¡Î¿Î½Î¸ÎÏÎ¿ Î Î±Î»Î¬ÏÎµÏ‚.
“I don’t know why, the pavement looks like it is in good condition and is a straight road. The night it rained a lot, and perhaps this played a role”.
The royal family and political parties sent condolences, while Catalonia has declared two-day mourning.
This accident is one of the most mass in the last few years on the streets of Spain. On the 9th of November 2014, a bus carrying pilgrims resulted in a ravine, which killed 14 people and injured 41.