At least 21 dead after passenger bus plunges off overpass near Venice

Vehicle was travelling from Venice to Marghera when shocking accident took place

Graeme Massie
Wednesday 04 October 2023 01:31 BST
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A bus crash near Italian city of Venice kills at least 21 people, including Ukrainian tourists

At least 21 people have been killed, including two children, and 18 injured after a passenger bus plunged from an overpass near Venice in an “apocalyptic” accident, say Italian authorities.

The vehicle was travelling from Venice to a campsite at Marghera when the shocking accident took place at the elevated street in Mestre on Tuesday.

“It completely went off the road, it flew off the bridge. It was a bus; it was a highway. We are in mourning,” Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro told Italy’s national broadcaster RAI.

He added that the scene of the crash was “apocalyptic” and that he had already declared the “city’s mourning” for the “numerous victims”

Pictures of the accident show that the bus fell several metres from the overpass and overturned near railway tracks where it caught fire.

Officials say that the accident took place on a raised section of the overpass that the bus broke through before falling to the ground below.

Morris Ceron, general director of the municipality of Venice, told RAI that two children were among the victims of the crash and that the bus was believed to have foreigners aboard as it headed towards a campsite.

Luca Zaia, president of Italy’s Veneto region, called the bus crash “a tragedy of enormous proportions” and also confirmed that “the victims and injured are of various nationalities, not just Italians.”

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