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Irish and British tourists among 24 injured in Barcelona bus crash

TWO Irish and seven British tourists were among 24 people injured in a coach crash in Barcelona on Wednesday morning..

Three of the injured were in serious condition after the bus crashed at around 3.10am during heavy rain in Catalonia.

The bus, which was on its way to El Prat airport, was on a ring road near the waterfront in the city when it toppled on the side of a motorway.

It had been travelling from the Costa Brava resort of Lloret de Mar.

Tourists from Germany, Spain, Poland, Belarus and Lithuania were also injured in the accident.

Three were seriously hurt, six suffered less serious injuries while 15 were treated for minor injuries. The nationalities of those seriously injured was yet to be confirmed last night.

The driver of the bus was among the 24 hurt.

All of the victims were taken to hospitals across the city.

The Republic's Department of Foreign Affairs said it was looking into the matter and "stand ready to provide consular assistance if requested".

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: "We are in contact with Spanish authorities following a coach crash in Barcelona and are ready to help any Britons involved."

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