Research work and loading of the bus that fell into the Lérez River

Santiago de Compostela (EFE) They will take weeks.

This was announced this morning by the government delegate, José Miñones, in statements to journalists in Santiago de Compostela, and indicated that a specialized group of the Civil Guard of Mérida, where the school is located of the circulation of the armed institute, will carry out the investigation on the accident.

Work to try to remove the damaged vehicle from the bed of the Lérez River began at eight o’clock in the morning on Tuesday and will initially consist of checking whether the bridge can support the weight of the crane or heavy cranes that will have to hoist the bus , as well as taking into account the force exerted by the strong current of the river.

Technicians from the Ministry of Transport coordinate the operation deployed in Cerdedo-Cotobade (Pontevedra) to try to extract the bus from the Lérez river.

The government delegate explained that the lifting of the vehicle is the responsibility of the company that owns it, Monbus, in coordination with the technicians of the Ministry of Transport and with the security forces and organizations.

Miñones indicated that lifting the vehicle will be “a complicated task”, due to the security measures that will have to be deployed, and that “it will take time”, which is why he could not ensure that the recovery of the vehicle of the channel can take place throughout the day.

Regarding the causes of the accident, the government representative could not say anything and said that the investigation will continue with the testimony of the bus driver and sole survivor of the accident, as well as with the tachograph recovery to find out if they can extract data that provides information about what happened.

“Until we have progress in this investigation, we will not be able to give any information. We know that the causes can be multiple,” said Miñones, who called to work the specialized unit of the Civil Guard of the circulation, which will proceed to the reconstruction of the accident.

As the government delegate said, compiling the information “will take time”, and indicated that “until the next few weeks” not all information will be available to find out what happened.

The O Carballiño Institute remembers a teacher killed in a bus accident

The teachers and students of the number one IES of O Carballiño (Ourense), together with the mayor, Francisco Fumega, joined this Tuesday the expressions of pain for the death in the accident of the bus that fell into the Lérez river in Cerdedo- Cotobade by Professor Guadalupe Díaz, a native of Lugo and resident of Lalín who has been teaching this course at the aforementioned institute since then.

The town hall of O Carballiño observed a minute of silence this afternoon as a sign of mourning “for the loss of a dear companion”, in the words of the local councilor. “Wow. You will always be with us,” center director Almudena Mosquera said.

Tribute to one of the victims of the accident of the river bus Lérez, Pontevedra
The neighbors of O Carballiño (Ourense) remember Guadalupe Díaz, an IES teacher and one of the seven victims of the Lérez river bus accident. EFE/ Brais Lorenzo

From the center, they are still shocked by the accident and, in fact, the management team has confirmed that after the Christmas holidays, on the first day of class, they will celebrate a small tribute in his memory.

“With this very moving act, we want to express our solidarity with all the families of the victims of this tragic accident which should not have happened and, in particular, with Guada, a teacher at the institute, who leaves a very big void. in addition to the personal loss to the family,” said Education Councilor Guadalupe Sobrado.

He pointed out that she was a “much loved teacher, who had a very good character”.

In the same way, the director of the educational center assured that it is still “impossible” for them to assimilate this tragedy which supposes the consequent “loss of a partner” and which leaves them “orphans”. The teacher had started this course to teach at the IES of Carballiño, full-time, in the baccalaureate and secondary education courses and later she went part-time.

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