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Nine killed in Spain coach crash

Coach wreckage
Reports say there were 44 passengers on the coach

Nine Finnish tourists, including a seven-year-old girl, have been killed in a coach crash in southern Spain.

At least 19 other Finnish passengers were also injured, some seriously, in the crash on Saturday near the southern coastal resort of Benalmadena.

Police say the bus collided with a 4X4 and overturned on the AP-7 highway. The 4X4 driver has been detained on suspicion of drink driving.

Rescue workers are still on site and officials say the death toll may rise.

The crash happened just before 2000 (1900 BST) near Malaga in the Costa del Sol.


The scene of the fatal crash

Torrential rain and strong winds had made driving conditions difficult, reports said.

Officials say there were a total of 44 passengers on the coach and they were all from Finland.

It is understood they were heading to Malaga airport to catch their flight home.

The eastbound lanes on the AP-7 highway have been closed, according to local media.

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