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Irish students have miracle escape as 13 killed in Spanish coach crash

By Ralph Riegel

At least four young Irish students have miraculously escaped serious injury in a horrific Spanish coach accident which claimed 13 lives.

The students were in Spain as part of an Erasmus exchange scheme when a coach they were in careered through a crash barrier before smashing into an oncoming car.

It was bringing students back to Barcelona from a fireworks festival in Valencia.

Officials confirmed two Irish students - including one from University College Cork (UCC) - were hospitalised after the collision at Tarragona but suffered "non life threatening injuries".

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan described the bus crash as "a truly tragic incident" and warned the details of those who have lost their lives have not been released yet.

"We are waiting on the authorities to pass on that information before we can definitively rule out further Irish involvement," he said.

A total of 13 people died - all women aged in their 20s - while a further 43 people were injured.

The coach driver, described as a very experienced official, survived the collision and is assisting Spanish police.

David Cooney, the Irish ambassador to Spain, said officials have contacted the families of the two injured students.

"As far as we are aware the situation is reasonable good.

"They are in separate hospitals some distance away from each other along the coast of Catalonia," he added.

Source Irish Independent

Irish Independent

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