The Spanish court in Amposta, Catalonia, decided to reopen the investigation into the incident of the Erasmus bus claimed the life last March to 13 students, seven of which Italian, accepting the appeal against the storage arranged last November presented by families of the victims. A new judge will have to initiate the interviewing the driver of the bus, was seriously injured in the incident, which had not been heard by the previous magistrate.
The closure of the case decided in October by the investigating judge earlier had provoked the indignant reactions of the victims’ families, who had resorted. The magistrate had then ruled that the driver could have had any “responsibility so serious as to be punished criminally” and had referred the parties to civil proceedings. The Catalan police had earlier referred to as the most likely cause of the accident a stroke of the driver’s sleep. The bus that had brought Erasmus students from Barcelona to Valencia to attend the traditional celebration of the Fallas fires had made the round trip in 24 hours traveling at night.
According to reports in the Spanish press, immediately after the accident – occurred in Freginals highway Valencia-Madrid – the driver admitted with rescuers he had fallen asleep at the wheel. In a decision dated January 9, the new magistrate has called “essential” that the driver be examined “without delay” to evaluate a “possible criminal responsibility.” The new magistrate recalled among other things, reports Efe that in several judgments drowsiness at the wheel has been considered in Spain “conducta temeraria” (“reckless driving”).