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  • Firemen stands next to the wreckage of a bus after a traffic accident in Freginals, Spain, March 20, 2016.

    Firemen stands next to the wreckage of a bus after a traffic accident in Freginals, Spain, March 20, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 March 2016

The bus was carrying 57 people in all, including the driver. Of the 43 injured, 30 have been rushed to hospital. 

At least 14 people died and 43 people were injured after a bus traveling between the Spanish cities of Valencia and Barcelona crashed early on Sunday, a local government official said, adding it had been carrying a group of university students, many of them foreign.

The bus was carrying 57 passengers, according to officials in the northeastern region of Catalonia. Many of the students on board were participating in the Erasmus exchange program between European universities.

The bus crashed and overturned at around 6 a.m. CET on a highway than runs along Spain's eastern coast.

It had been traveling from Valencia, on the last weekend of the Fallas festival, known for its big firework displays.

"There were students on board, many of them foreign students studying in Catalonia and in Barcelona who had traveled to Valencia for the Fallas and were returning," Jordi Jane, Catalonia's regional interior minister said at a televised news conference.

Jane could not confirm the nationalities of the deceased. The driver survived the collision and had been taken to a local police station, Jane said, adding the cause of the accident was not immediately clear. Most of the remaining passengers had not sustained life-threatening in injuries, he said.

The accident is one of the deadliest in Spain in the past years.

In November 2014, a bus carrying pilgrims fell into a ravine in the southeast, leaving 14 dead and another 41 injured.

Catalonia's newly-elected President Carles Puigdemont was due to travel to Paris Sunday but has cancelled the trip to go to the site of the accident.

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