Mystery as Irishman's body found in Spain
AN Irishman has died in mysterious circumstances in Spain.
The body of the 21-year-old Erasmus exchange student, who was named locally as Shane O'Connor, was discovered under a motorway bridge near the north-eastern city of Zaragoza yesterday as emergency services responded to a traffic accident that killed another man.
It is not known where in Ireland he was from. He was staying at university halls of residence.
His body was found a short distance from that of the 19-year-old Spaniard. Police are trying to establish if the two deaths are linked.
At this stage, it appears that Mr O'Connor may have fallen to his death from the bridge as he tried to help the Spaniard.
Police arrived at the scene, on the busy A2 motorway which links Madrid and Barcelona, after receiving a call that a man had been struck by several cars.
They found his body shortly after 7am and discovered Mr O'Connor an hour later.
A police spokeswoman said: "There are several theories. It's possible Mr O'Connor was rushing to help the Spaniard who was run over and accidentally fell over the bridge. They may have been friends."
The accident happened near a pop music festival called Fiestas del Pilar.
Both bodies were taken for post-mortem examinations.
The driver of the first car that hit the Spaniard stopped and called police, then tried in vain to help him.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was providing consular assistance for Mr O'Connor's family through the Irish Embassy in Madrid.