Five still critical after bus crash claims eight

19th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

Five people remained in critical condition in hospital Monday after a bus crash killed eight people and injured 45.

19 August 2008

MADRID - Five people remained in critical condition in hospital Monday after a bus crash on the AP-7 highway in Castellon on Sunday that killed eight people and injured 45.

The bus was travelling to Barcelona when a tyre apparently blew out, causing the vehicle to veer off the road and overturn, scattering passengers and their belongings across the highway near the beach resort of Oropesa del Mar.

Most of the passengers were Moroccan nationals resident in Spain, who were returning from summer vacations in North Africa.

Authorities said that six of the dead are Moroccans, aged between eight and 60, while the other two are a Spanish woman and the driver of the bus, who had apparently gotten aboard in Murcia.

"After the drivers changed, we could hear a strange noise. I thought it was the suspension, but it turned out to be the wheel. When it happened we were all sleeping. We heard a loud bang and I realized we had come off the road. Then I saw dead people... it was horrendous," said one Moroccan passenger.

Most of the passengers were treated in nearby hospitals before being allowed to continue their journeys.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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