In Spain, the death toll following explosions and a fireball in a holiday camp at San Carlos de la Rapita is expected to rise to almost three hundred.
In Spain, the death toll following explosions and a fireball in a holiday camp at San Carlos de la Rapita is expected to rise to almost three hundred. The Spanish undersecretary for Health, Senor Jose de Palacios y Carvajal, said on Wednesday (12 July) that one hundred and twenty survivors were certain to die from their burns within a few days. One hundred and seventy people died at the Mediterranean camp, Los Alfaques, on Tuesday (11 July) when a gas tanker exploded, and the fireball engulfed hundreds of holidaymakers. On Wednesday, a stream of foreign aircraft flew into Spain to take victims back home to West Germany, Belgium and France, to be sped to special burns clinics at hospitals.
SYNOPSIS: Less than twenty-four hours after the disaster, the Tarragona Province civil governor banned tanker trucks with dangerous loads from the road which runs from barcelona along the coast to Valencia, passing through San Carlos de la Rapita.
Members of the San Carlos town council said on Wednesday they had warned provincial authorities only ten days before the tragedy that trucks with dangerous loads on minor roads were bringing residents and thousands of tourists into serious hazard. Councillors and a local priest accused the authorities of repeatedly failing to heed their warnings. They said it had needed a major tragedy to get them to act.
An estimated seven hundred people were at the camp when the trucks crashed, creating the fireball that roasted many of them alive within seconds. The initial blast, and others that followed, blew some holidaymakers into the sea, where frogmen later carried out a search for bodies.
Many seriously-burnt people were taken north to hospitals, such as this one, in Barcelona. Medical authorities said five people died from burns in Barcelona on Wednesday, and another fourteen in Valencia. An early, though incomplete, list of casualties, issued by the town council, showed five French, seven Belgians and seven Spaniards were among the victims. Hundreds of townspeople from San Carlos packed a central church there on Wednesday when the first victims -- the elderly wife of a fisherman and her five-year-old granddaughter--were buried. A Barcelona doctor was questioned about casualties.