At least 21 people were killed after an Italian bus carrying tourists fell from the Venice Bridge

At least 21 people were killed after an Italian bus carrying tourists fell from the Venice Bridge

VENICE, Italy, Oct 3 (Reuters) – At least 21 people were killed on Tuesday and 18 others were injured after a bus carrying tourists to a campsite crashed onto an overpass near the northern Italian city of Venice and caught fire, officials in the Italian city of Venice said. .

The bus veered off the road and fell near railway tracks in the Mestre area, linked to Venice by a bridge.

The cause of the accident was not clear. Venice city councilor Renato Borasso said one line of investigation is that the driver, a 40-year-old Italian who was among those killed, had been ill before the crash.

“It is a terrible tragedy, the city is in mourning,” Borasso told Sky Italia television.

He added that the bus was carrying 40 passengers, of whom 21 died and 18 were injured. He added that the death toll may rise because many of the injured are in critical condition. The municipality of Venice said that the injured were transferred to nearby hospitals, and that four of them were in serious condition.

Officials said the car fell 15 meters (50 feet) onto power lines and caught fire at around 7:45 pm local time (1745 GMT).

“It’s a horrific scene. I’m speechless,” Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Venice Governor Michele De Bari, the local representative of the Interior Ministry, said five of the victims were Ukrainian and one was German.

The Italian news agency ANSA reported that the bus was also carrying passengers from France and Croatia.

“The bus was completely destroyed. Firefighters had difficulty removing so many bodies,” De Bari told Sky Italia television. He added that among the victims were two children.

Late Tuesday evening, rescuers were still struggling to remove the wreckage of the bus to ensure there were no more passengers trapped inside.

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni expressed her condolences, saying in a statement that her government’s thoughts were with “the victims, their families and friends.”

Italy has witnessed a number of fatal bus accidents in recent years.

In 2017, 16 people died on a bus carrying Hungarian students in an accident near the northern city of Verona, while 40 people died in 2013 when a bus fell off a bridge in southern Italy.

(Additional reporting by Emilio Parodi, Gavin Jones, Keith Weir and Alvez Armellini – Prepared by Mohammed for the Arabic Bulletin) Writing by Gavin Jones and Crispian Palmer. Editing by Lisa Shoemaker and Rosalba O’Brien

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