Student recovering after fatal bus accident in Spain

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A Norwegian student who was among those on board a bus that crashed in Spain on Sunday was reported to be recovering from her life-threatening injuries. State broadcaster NRK reported Monday that she was still in the intensive care ward of a local hospital but her condition was stable after undergoing surgery.

She was among 61 students from 19 countries who were returning to university in Barcelona following a festival weekend in Valencia. The driver of the bus, who also was injured, is believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel, crashing first into an oncoming car, then another, and then flipping over. A total of 13 students were killed and many others critically injured.

Seven Italians and two Germans were listed as among the dead after officials worked furiously to try to identify victims. Others killed were from Romania, France, Austria and Uzbekistan.

Most of the students, all aged 19 to 25, were taking part in the European exchange student program known as Erasmus. The accident occurred near Tarragona at around 6am Sunday morning.

Norway’s foreign ministry was in touch with the Norwegian student’s family. Other Norwegians who on board the bus had been urged to call home to report their status in the chaos following the accident. All victims and injured have since been accounted for.

newsinenglish.no staff