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Spain bus crash: Two Irish people injured

The bus overturned after hitting a car travelling in the opposite direction Image copyright AP
Image caption The bus overturned after hitting a car travelling in the opposite direction

Two Irish people have sustained injuries in a bus crash on a Spanish motorway in which at least 13 people were killed and 43 hurt.

The accident occurred near Freginals, 150km (93 miles) south of Barcelona.

Most of the 57 people on board the bus were students on the Erasmus programme who were returning to Barcelona after a trip to a festival in Valencia .

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs said the two Irish people had "non-life threatening injuries".

Jordi Jane, Catalonia's regional interior minister said the driver of the coach "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 then hit a vehicle coming in the opposite direction, injuring two people inside.

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Image caption Members of the emergency services at the scene of the crash

"There were students on board, many of them foreign students studying in Catalonia and in Barcelona who had travelled to Valencia for the Fallas and were returning," Jane added.

The driver of the bus survived the collision and has been taken to a local police station.

Emergencies Catalonia said those calling for further information about the bus crash from abroad should telephone +34 900400012.

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