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March 21, 2023

Romanian student dies in Spain bus crash


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) announced that a Romanian student has died after a bus carrying foreign students crashed on a Spanish motorway near Freginals, Tarragona province.

According to a MAE statement to Agerpres on Monday, the Consulate General of Romania in Barcelona is in contact with the family of the victim and with the relevant Spanish authorities and will provide the necessary consular assistance.

“The death of the Romanian citizen was confirmed by the Spanish authorities during the night, following complex procedures of identifying victims. Immediately after the accident, on 20 March 2016, the Consulate General of Romania in Barcelona contacted the Spanish authorities in emergency regime and sent a mobile team to the site of the accident in Freginals, at the morgue of Tortosa where the victims were transported, as well as at the Crisis Management Center set up by the local authorities. Representatives of the Consulate discussed with the director of the local Civil Protection service; the first information offered by Spanish authorities referred strictly the citizenship of the victims injured in the accident, which did not include Romanian citizens,” the MAE statement reads.

A bus carrying foreign students crashed with another vehicle early on Sunday morning on a motorway near Tarragona in northeastern Spain, announced intervention services quoted by DPA and EFE. According to Spanish authorities, 13 people died in the accident and 43 were injured; 30 of them have been hospitalised.

According to Spanish broadcaster TV3, the driver lost steering control, the bus overturned and then hit a car coming from the opposite lane.

The bus was carrying 56 students of 19 different nationalities, who were participating in the Erasmus exchange programme between European universities; they were on the return trip from a festival in Valencia.



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