At least 21 dead after coach plunges off bridge in Italy

At least 21 people, including Ukrainian tourists, are killed in a bus accident near the Italian city of Venice

At least 21 people have died after a passenger bus plunged from an overpass near Venice in an “apocalyptic” accident, Italian authorities said.

The vehicle carrying returnees from work was on its way from Venice to Marghera when the shocking accident occurred at the overpass in Mestre on Tuesday evening.

“It went completely off the road, it flew off the bridge. It was a bus; it was a highway. We mourn,” Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro told Italian state broadcaster RAI.

Morris Ceron, general manager of the municipality of Venice, told RAI that children were among the victims of the accident and that foreigners were probably on board the bus on the way to a campsite.

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

He said that more than 20 ambulances were deployed at the scene of the accident, including the rescue helicopter from Treviso. The injured were taken to hospitals in Mestre, Mirano, Padua and Treviso.

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Driver among 21 dead in Venice bus crash

The bus driver was among at least 21 people who died Tuesday after the vehicle plunged off an overpass and caught fire near Venice in northern Italy.

The bus left the road and came close to train tracks in the Mestre district, which is connected to Venice by a bridge.

Venice city councilor Renato Boraso said the driver, a 40-year-old Italian, was ill before the accident.

The cause of the accident was unclear.

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The Prime Minister expresses his condolences

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni expressed her condolences on social media and said she was following developments.

“Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends,” she said.

“I am in close contact with Mayor Luigi Brugnaro and Minister Matteo Piantedosi to follow the news of this tragedy.”

Alisha Rahaman SarkarOctober 4, 2023 04:45

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The bus was carrying tourists from at least four nations

At least five Ukrainians and a German were on board the bus that fell from an overpass and caught fire near Venice in northern Italy on Tuesday.

The bus also carried passengers from France and Croatia, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

“The bus is completely crushed. “The firefighters had difficulty getting many bodies out,” Venice prefect Michele Di Bari told Sky Italia television. He said two children were among the victims.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarOctober 4, 2023 04:10

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Images from the scene of the fatal bus crash in Italy

Rescuers are on duty at the scene of a bus accident on October 3, 2023 in Mestre near Venice.

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Firefighters are on duty at the scene of a bus accident on October 3, 2023 in Mestre near Venice.

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A picture shows the site of a bus accident on October 3, 2023 in Mestre near Venice. At least 20 people died on Tuesday when a bus fell from a bridge in the northern Italian city of Venice, a city hall spokesman told AFP.

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“It took an hour to recover the bodies,” says the firefighter

At least 21 people, including two children, were killed and 18 injured when a bus crashed across the Venice Lagoon from Old Venice in Mestre, Italy.

The bus was carrying foreign tourists, including Ukrainians, when it fell from an elevated highway on Tuesday, authorities said.

“The people on the bus were surrounded by flames,” said Mauro Luongo, commander of the Venice Fire Department.

“The scene we found was terrible. Some bodies took about an hour to recover. “The death toll is likely to rise as four people were in a serious condition following the accident.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarOctober 4, 2023 04:05

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The Italian news agency RAI reported that specialists in pediatrics, cardiac surgery, neurology and general surgery from Chioggia arrived in Mestre to help doctors care for the accident victims – all of whom suffered trauma and severe burns.

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Veneto region president Luca Zaia said flags would be flown at half-mast in all regional offices in Veneto on Wednesday as a sign of public mourning after the crash.

“I also invite all communities and local authorities to accept this form of condolence towards the victims and closeness to the wounded,” he said, according to Italian news agency RAI.

Mike BediganOctober 4, 2023 02:03

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At least 21 dead after a passenger bus plunged off a bridge near Venice

A shocking accident occurred at the bridge in Mestre on Tuesday, according to officials.

Graeme MassieOctober 3, 2023 10:45 p.m

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Bus accident in Venice

Welcome to a live blog about a bus accident near Venice, Italy that killed more than 20 people.

Graeme MassieOctober 3, 2023 10:43 p.m

Russell Falcon

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