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Northern Ireland tourists injured in Barcelona coach crash

By Staff Reporter

Published 16/09/2016

Scene of the bus crash in Barcelona yesterday
Scene of the bus crash in Barcelona yesterday

Two Northern Irish tourists were among 24 people caught up in a horror bus crash near Barcelona airport.

Three of the casualties were seriously injured, while six suffered less serious injuries and 15 were treated for minor injuries, local officials said.

Eyewitness Kieran Malone told reporters: "(We) witnessed this. Our taxi driver pulled over and we tried to help the one police officer that was at the scene at the time.

"We kicked open the windscreen to access those inside - horrific."

A spokeswoman from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are in contact with Spanish authorities following a coach crash in Barcelona and are ready to help any Britons involved."

Nationals from Germany, Spain, Poland, Belarus and Lithuania were also injured in the accident, which occurred in driving rain at 3.10am local time (2.10am BST) on Wednesday near Barcelona's El Prat Airport.

The bus was transporting tourists from the Costa Brava resort of Lloret de Mar.

All 23 passengers and one driver were injured. Seven of the victims were British.

Seven ambulances, police and fire brigade crews attended the scene on the B-10 highway.

Pictures from the crash site showed the bus on its side on a grass verge by a road, which was closed for more than two hours following the accident.

The coach was travelling on a ring road near the waterfront in the port city when it overturned during heavy rain. All of the victims were taken to hospitals across the city. It is believed the Northern Irish passengers were not seriously injured.

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