Spain: 7 dead after bus falls from a bridge

MADRID (HPD) — Spanish authorities announced Monday that they recovered another body from a bus that fell 100 feet (30 meters) from a bridge into a river on Christmas Eve, bringing the death toll to seven dead and two injured.

The search resumed when a passenger reported that a middle-aged woman he was traveling with was still missing, according to Galician government delegate José Miñones.

The driver was the other survivor.

Authorities say the cause of the bus falling from the bridge is unclear, although regional governor Alfonso Rueda has suggested that bad weather that night was a probable cause. The driver tested negative for alcohol and drugs.

On Monday you could still see the blue roof of the half-sunk vehicle in the Lérez River, under the bridge. Authorities say they will pull it out of the water on Tuesday.

The accident occurred on Christmas Eve in the mountainous region of northwest Galicia. Emergency services were alerted by a motorist who saw the broken railing on the bridge while driving in heavy rain.

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