Eight Dutch killed in Spanish bus crash
Eight Dutch tourists dead and 42 injured in bus accident near Barcelona on Thursday evening.Madrid – Eight people have been killed and 42 injured in a bus accident involving Dutch tourists late on Thursday at San Pol de Mar near Barcelona in northeast Spain, local officials and media reports said.
The victiims have been taken to hospitals in Calella, Mataró, Badalona and Gerona.
Travel organisation Sundio Group reported that a further 15 passengers remained unhurt.
Almost all of those onboard the bus were Dutch tourists, except the driver, said Joost Romeijn of Sundio. The 65 passengers age from five to 60 years.
The accident occurred at 11:13 pm (2113 GMT) in circumstances that had yet to be determined, the fire brigade spokesman said.
Media reports said the the bus driver was driving too fast while making a turn before hitting a car and overturning. Police, firemen and ambulances arrived quickly on the scene and the injured were taken to hospital.
Many of the passengers were not wearing a seat belt, especially young people, according to a spokesperson for bus company Plenacosta. “People who wore a belt, however, incurred nearly no injuries,” said the spokesperson.
In Spain, tour vehicles are obliged to provide seat belts and, according to Plenacosta, the bus in the accident had belts on all seats, as well as signs telling passengers of their duty to fasten their belt.
AFP / Expatica