Elena Maestrini did not make it. The young University Student from Gavorrano (Grosseto) died at the Tarragona Hospital due to serious injuries, after the bus with Erasmus students on board had an accident in Catalonia, on Ap7 road. This tragedy cause 7 Italian victims, all of whom were young women. Her death was announced by the Mayor of Gavorrano, Elizabeth Iacomelli, who learned about it from the family.
In the meantime, investigations on the tragedy continue. The bus driver has been officially investigated for 13 murders committed out of “recklessness”, a legal situation of the Spanish Penal Code. The man was interrogated yesterday, then released. He is currently hospitalized in intensive care due to a lung injury caused by the accident and will not appear in front of the investigators.
After Matteo Renzi’s tweet (“My heart is broken”), followed by messages of condolence from other Italian politicians. Minister Stefania Giannini expressed her “personal and deeply felt participation to the families of the victims, girls who died in the accident in Catalonia but also the certainty that Erasmus is an amazing experience.” “It is not a security issue,” she recalled.
The university program is a “strong organization”. We should consider it a “tragic accident”. “I dedicated most of my career – she added – to develop the Erasmus Program. We are all certain that it is an extraordinary project that offers our young people the opportunity to get this life and study experience at the right age: it opens the world if front of them. That is what it is and that is what it absolutely needs to continue to be. “The Speaker of the House Laura Boldrini expressed her “deep sorrow for the Italian victims in Catalonia” in a tweet.
“I am deeply in pain by the serious and absurd accident that happened in Spain, causing the death of many young university students, especially from Italy” said the president of the Republic Sergio Mattarella. “It is a very sad day for Italy and for the whole Europe. I am particularly close to the families of the victims, whom I want to address my condolences and my solidarity in a moment of great suffering.” Mattarella concludes: “Whereas to the young women were injured, I express my best wishes of quick recovery.”
Condolences also from Pope Francis. In a telegram to the bishop of Tortosa, Enricque Benavent Vidal, the Pope said he is “greatly saddened to learn about” the “tragic incident” in Freginals, “which caused the death of a group of young students”, “an irreparable loss.” The Pope offered “suffrage” for the victims and sent wishes to the wounded, to recover quickly. Bergoglio asked to transmit his “heartfelt condolences, along with expressions of affection and consolation for their family members” who are facing such an “irreparable loss.”