First Pics Of Teacher Killed On Ivory Coast School Trip

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCEN

These pictures show the pretty teacher who died and 10 students who were injured in a minibus accident while carrying out humanitarian work in the Ivory Coast.

The Spanish royal family has sent condolences to the family of the Barcelona woman from in the wake of the crash.

According to reports, 10 students aged between 17 and 20 were also injured in the accident on the way to the Ivory Coast’s central capital Yamoussoukro.

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Pictures Credit: CEN

In total, Teresa Cardona, 43, was accompanying 27 high school and university students to take part in humanitarian work in the country’s capital.

They had travelled from Barcelona to the African country’s southern economic capital Abidjan when two minibuses then set off for Yamoussoukro where they planned to stay in a Catholic centre until 6th July.

Along the way, a wheel came off one of the minibuses and it overturned in the street, according to reports.

A supervisor told local media: “They quickly realised that Teresa had died and covered her face.

“The ambulances arrived quickly and representatives from the Spanish Embassy went with us to the hospital.

She also said that the driver was injured and that the accident was “not his fault”.

The 43-year-old teacher was the only fatality although 10 students reportedly suffered minor injuries.

It was the second consecutive year that the group had travelled to the Ivory Coast to carry out humanitarian work and help build a school, according to reports.

The Spanish royal house sent a message on Twitter that offered their “condolences and support to Teresa Cardona’s family”.

The message also offered the students of Colegio Mayor Bonaigua “a speedy recovery”.

It is unclear whether the local authorities are investigating the accident.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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