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Twelve Injured Tourists Return Tuesday

An extra flight for relatives and victims of Saturday's bus crash in Spain returned to Finland around 1 a.m. Tuesday. On board were a dozen moderately injured tourists, accompanied by relatives and Red Cross caregivers. Fourteen of the able survivors returned to Finland on Sunday evening. Tour operator Aurinkomatkat says it will work with the airlines and the Foreign Ministry to ensure that all of the accident victims return home as soon as possible. Fatal Bus Accident on Saturday Evening Forty-eight Finns, including two Aurinkomatkat holiday guides, as well as the Spanish driver, were on the bus that crashed with an SUV. The Finnish Foreign Ministry says that 17 people suffered light injuries, and nine people were killed: six women, two men and one child. One female victim was still in critical condition on Tuesday. She was identified by her husband, who was also hurt. The relatives of the nine Finns killed have been notified. Five were from the Helsinki region, two from the Tampere area and two from other parts of the country. Both the bus driver and the driver of the oncoming vehicle were also seriously hurt. Crash Linked to Alcohol According to the Finnish Embassy, the crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, as the bus was taking a tour group from Marbella to Málaga airport. Spanish police say that the accident was caused by a speeding SUV, whose driver was under the influence of alcohol. The Spanish paper Sur reported that police arrested the driver when a breathalyser test revealed he was at twice the legal blood alcohol limit. The drunk driver had been attempting to overtake the bus, causing the bus driver to swerve to avoid a collision. However, the SUV rebounded back onto the bus after colliding with the highway divider. The impact caused the bus to run off the motorway and tip over. Officials also speculate that rainy, windy weather may have contributed to the crash. The accident was Spain's worst since 2001. Some at Spanish Hospitals, Others Wait in Hotel

A field hospital was set up at the crash site, where more than 20 people received first aid. Only 11 people survived without injury; they were later taken to a hotel.

The National Bureau of Investigation has dispatched two forensics experts to assist Spanish police authorities with identifying the victims. Spanish police have overall responsibility for conducting the identifications.

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