A tour bus transporting 55 people home from a religious trip to the capital city of Spain veered off the road near the town of Cieza on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, leaving 14 people dead and dozens more injured. The bus was reportedly carrying a church group home from an excursion to Madrid when the driver, for reasons unknown, lost control of the vehicle, causing it to leave the roadway and go skidding down a steep embankment, where it landed on its side.
Ten people on board the bus at the time of the accident lost their lives in the crash, while four more died while being treated for their injuries in an area hospital. Drugs and alcohol are not thought to be a factor in the crash, as the driver was tested immediately after the accident and yielded a clean result, but the reason for the bus leaving the roadway remains a mystery at this time.
Hundreds of first responders were on scene in the wake of the accident, providing treatment to the injured until they could be safely transported to an area hospital. In all, 38 people sustained injuries of varying degrees of severity, with many of the crash victims still in critical condition. Funerals for the crash victims who were killed will be held on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, and the king and queen of Spain have spoken up and said they intend to be present at the funerals.
Police are still looking into the cause of the crash which took so many lives. People on board have reported hearing the driver shouting about an inability to engage the brakes on the bus in the moments just prior to the crash. The driver is facing criminal charges, as there is some suspicion that he may have been driving in an unsafe manner and that the crash may have occurred due to negligence on his part.
The mayor of Bullas, the town from which most of the passengers on board the bus hailed, had declared an official three-day mourning period for the town. The Spanish Prime Minister has expressed his sorrow over the incident, stating on Twitter that the accident has “deeply affected” him.