Rescuers have recovered the bodies of those who died after a bus fell off a bridge and crashed into a river on Christmas Eve, according to Spanish authorities.

They said six passengers died and the driver and another passenger were injured in the crash in Galicia, northwestern Spain.

The blue roof of the half-submerged bus was visible in the Lerez River, about 30 meters (100 feet) below the bridge.

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Firefighters, cranes and boats assisted in the rescue. Photo: Europa Press/AP
Yesterday around 9.30 p.m., a coach on the regular Vigo-Lugo line, from the Monbus company, fell from a 40-meter bridge over the L..rez river, the firefighters last night rescued the driver, a passenger and two deceased passengers, in the The bus was carrying 9 passengers, this morning another person was found dead and 4 people are still missing.  Photo: Europa Press/AP
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Photo: Europa Press/AP

A motorist who saw the broken railing of the bridge as he passed through the pouring rain alerted the emergency services.

Spain’s Guardia Civil said a total of eight people were on the bus.

The two survivors were rescued on Saturday evening and taken to hospital.

A civil guard where the bus fell into the L..rez river, on December 25, 2022, in the concello of Cerdedo-Cotobade, Pontevedra, Galicia, (Spain).  Photo: Europa Press/AP
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A Civil Guard where the bus fell into the river. Photo: Europa Press/AP

The bodies of the dead were recovered on Sunday.

Regional President Alfonso Rueda said poor weather conditions may have caused the accident.

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