At least 14 people have been killed after a bus carrying foreign students crashed on a Spanish motorway between the cities of Barcelona and Valencia.

Most of the 57 people on board the bus were students on the Erasmus programme who were returning to Barcelona after a trip to a fireworks festival.

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Photographs from the scene show a white roofed coach lying on its side, surrounded by emergency vehicles.

The accident occurred near Freginals, 150km (93 miles) south of Barcelona.

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The nationalities of those killed and injured have not been confirmed, nor has the cause of the accident.

Jordi Jane, Catalonia’s regional interior minister said: “There were students on board, many of them foreign students studying in Catalonia and in Barcelona who had travelled to Valencia for the Fallas and were returning.”

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The driver of the bus survived the collision and had been taken to a local police station, Jane added.