The bus accident happened shortly before 9.30 pm on Saturday night. hours (local time) on a bridge in the municipality of Ceredo-Cotobde, located in Galicia near the border with Portugal, local officials said on Sunday.
Total, Eight people were on board the bus connecting the cities of Lugo and Vigo, Two of the crash victims were rescued alive: the driver of the vehicle, in his sixties, and a woman.
The other six passengers were found dead.According to rescuers, who posted a picture on Twitter of the submerged bus at the bottom of a ravine in a river between tree trunks.
The first two victims were found near the wreckage of the vehicle a few hours after the accident. bodies of four other people Recovered in the river Lerez, where the tragedy occurredAccording to the Civil Guard.
Until that time, the number of people missing was uncertain, as the driver had “doubts” about how many people were on the bus at the time of the accident.
“Rescue teams have confirmed that all the missing have been rescued.”
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According to the Civil Guard, The dead included five Spaniards from Galicia, including a mother and her son, The sixth death is of a woman of Peruvian nationality who took care of an elderly man in Cerdedo-Cotobade.
Regional newspaper La Voz de Galicia reported that passengers on the bus included people who had gone to visit relatives detained at Monterosso prison in central Galicia on Christmas Eve.
A motorist signaled the alarm after verifying that the bridge’s safety barrier had been destroyed. emergency service received a call from inside the busWhich helped them locate the vehicle.
The rescue operation was complicated by heavy rain that fell during the night, which increased the flow of the river where the bus fell, but also relieved the area.
under the bridgesignificant drop” From “thirty metersconfirmed the spokesperson of civil guard, Rescue workers said in a statement that it even reached 75 meters in some parts.
These conditions forced the search operation to be suspended for several hours and resumed on Sunday morning, with a team consisting of mountain rescue units, speleologists and a helicopter.
horrifying”it’s an irreparable tragedy“Declared Ceredo-Cotobed, medial in the alcalde of Jorge Kubelawho shed light onprofessionalismRescue teams deployed at the scene.
An investigation has been opened to ascertain the causes of the accident, still unknown. According to a Civil Guard spokesperson, the bus driver has driving experience and, in addition, has tested negative for alcohol and drugs.
,We don’t know the reasons for sure yet.“, but “It is true that the weather conditions were very bad last (Saturday) night“, confirmed the president of the Galician community, Alfonso Rueda.