A seven-year-old girl was among the victims of a coach crash in the Spanish resort of Malaga.
The aftermath of a fatal crash on the eastbound lane of the AP-7 highway in the Spanish Costa del Sol.
The mangled exterior of the coach an indication of the impact of the accident which happened just before 8pm local time.
Passengers on board had been preparing to fly home to Finland after a holiday in the sun.
As their coach made its way to Malaga Airport it apparently collided with a 4x4 and overturned.
SOUNDBITE: Holario Lopez, Deputy Governor of Malaga saying (Spanish):
"According to the information we have so far, the accident was caused by an SUV which was being driven at very high speed and tried to overtake the bus, then it crashed into the highway's fence and rebounded back into the bus making it turn over."
Road conditions at the time of the crash were said to be poor with torrential rain and strong winds causing low visibility.
Officials say there were 44 people on board the coach and at least nine people were killed, including a seven-year-old girl.
Six others are in a serious condition in hospital.
Police investigating the accident have since arrested the driver of the 4x4 under suspicion of drink driving.
Liz Kennedy, Reuters
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