Dutch schoolgirl killed in Spanish coach accident

19th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

A 16-year-old girl was on a school trip to Barcelona with her schoolmates when their coach turned over on the motorway.

Barcelona – A 16-year-old Dutch schoolgirl was killed and 19 other people injured when their coach crashed in northeastern Spain on Monday, a regional official said.

The coach was carrying 59 Dutch schoolchildren aged 15 and 16 when it crashed near Gerona in Catalonia, a spokeswoman for the regional interior ministry said.

Two school children are seriously injured while the rest are slightly injured. They have all been taken to hospitals in the vicinity.

The coach was carrying teachers and pupils from a secondary school, Canisius College, in the southern Dutch city of Nijmegen to Barcelona, when it turned over on the A7 motorway near the city of Gerona in north-east Spain. No other vehicles were involved.

It is not clear what caused the accident. The tour operator says the driver was startled by something that crossed the motorway and he swerved to avoid a collision.

The remaining passengers who are not hurt have been taken by another coach to the coastal resort of Calella on the Costa Brava. The school is trying to arrange for its pupils to come home Monday.

Emergency organisation SOS International has sent two teams to Gerona to assist while embassy staff will visit the accident victims later On Monday.

Earlier this year, six Dutch tourists were killed and another 40 injured in a coach accident on the same motorway, 80 kilometres to the north.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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