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14 people die in bus crash

A total of 57 people were on the bus when it crashed.

Bus Crash

A number of 14 people were killed, while 43 others were injured when a bus conveying mainly foreign students crashed on a Spanish motorway between the cities of Barcelona and Valencia.

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The students on board are partakers of the Erasmus programme. They were returning to Barcelona after a trip to a fireworks festival.

Catalonia's regional Interior Minister, Jordi Jane, said “the driver of the coach hit the railing on the right and swerved to the left so violently that the bus veered onto the other side of the highway”.

"There were students on board, many of them foreign students studying in Catalonia and in Barcelona who had travelled to Valencia for the Fallas and were returning," she added.

The Erasmus Programme is a European Union student exchange programme set up in 1987. It was named after Dutch philosopher, Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam.

Before commencing their Saturday game, players from the La Liga teams, Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao gave a tribute in memory of the crash victims.

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