January 1, 1995 in Nation/World

Bus Carrying Arizona Tourists Flips

Compiled From Wire Services
 

A double-decker bus carrying U.S. tourists to religious shrines in France and Portugal swerved off a slippery road and flipped over, killing three passengers and injuring 22, police said Saturday.

The bus had 43 passengers, most from Arizona, and a Spanish driver, police said.

The accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. near Abrera, a town 25 miles north of Barcelona.

The tourists had planned to stop at Andorra, the tiny mountain state between France and Spain, before heading to Lourdes in southwestern France, said Antonio Jarillo, director of Viajes Casals, the tourist agency that organized the trip.

They planned to then visit the shrine of Fatima in central Portugal before returning to Madrid, the Spanish capital, Jarillo told the independent news agency Europa Press. They were scheduled to return to the United States next Saturday.

Police spokesman Eladio Careno said the injured were taken to the Catalunya General Hospital in Barcelona and the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Martorell, a suburb of Barcelona.


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