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Five young British tourists die in head-on collision in Spain.

Five young British holidaymakers, three of them girls, were killed late yesterday in a head-on collision in Spain.

Their hired holiday car collided with a lorry on a coast road south of Valencia.

The victims of the crash were all in their early twenties.

They died instantly in the accident which happened in heavy rain in the late afternoon.

It is believed they were returning from a day out from their holiday hotel in Benidorm to Valencia.

Last night, British consulate officials in Alicante were working with Spanish police to establish identifies and trace families in Britain.

Police said that the two men were in the front of the hired Ford and the girls in the back when the accident happened near the small town of Oliva.

It took firemen two hours to cut the victims free from the wreckage.

The driver of the lorry involved escaped unhurt.

Last night, police declined to give full particulars of the victims, including which part of the UK they came from, until their families had been informed.

A Civil Guard officer at Gandia said last night: "It had been raining heavily all day.

"It was a head-on collision but we still don't know exactly what happened.

The police spokesman said that the victims were all staying on holiday at Benidorm and gave their ages as being between 21 and 24.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 3, 1998
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