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BUS ACCIDENT KILLS 29 IN SPAIN

A passenger bus going on a three-day trip to the coast careened off a highway Sunday in northeastern Spain, killing at least 29 people and injuring two dozen more, authorities said.

All of the victims were Spaniards, although ages and identities were not immediately released, said Juan Carlos Cordoba, spokesman for the regional government of Aragon. He said rescuers found more than a dozen of the victims crushed under the bus.

The accident occurred near the northeastern city of Zaragoza. The bus, carrying 52 passengers and the driver, was en route from Madrid to the town of Gerona when it tumbled off the highway and down into a ditch full of water.

A group of 100 rescuers, firefighters and civil guards struggled against rain and the water in the ditch for more than six hours to rescue passengers trapped under the bus. Three people who were still alive after the accident almost drowned in the ditch.

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