Six dead after bus plummets from bridge in Spain


The wreckage of the bus still lies in the Lerez river (Picture: Brais Lorenzo/AFP)

Six people died after a passenger bus careened off a bridge and plunged into a river in Spain.

Two survivors – the vehicle’s driver and a passenger – have been rescued from the river Lerez.

A strong current and high flow of water, due to heavy rains in the Galicia region, have hampered search-and-rescue efforts, authorities said.

Survivors were taken to nearby hospitals with varying degrees of injury, they added.

The coach from the company Monbus was travelling between the cities of Lugo and Vigo and had stopped at a penitentiary centre near the site of the accident.

It skidded off the road on the bridge and plunged into the water at around 9.30 p.m. local time on Saturday.

Regional president Alfonso Rueda said the bad weather conditions were a possible cause of the accident.

The accident occurred on December 24 night near Vigo (Picture: Brais Lorenzo/AFP)

Emergency services work at the scene of the tragedy (Picture: Reuters)

A fireman works to rescue victims of the crash (Picture: EPA)

The crash took place near to the border with Portugal.

The river remained above its overflow threshold throughout the night, forcing emergency rescue workers to suspend the operation for nearly two hours due to the bad weather and terrain conditions before resuming in the morning.

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