21 People Dead After ‘Apocalyptic’ Tourist Bus Crash in Italy

 Emergency crew members work at the scene after a bus accident near Venice
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A bus crammed with vacationers drove off a bridge and burst into flames alongside the outskirts of Venice, Italy, killing 21 individuals and injuring no less than 18 others on Tuesday, in keeping with a number ofshops.

Reuters stories that the electrical bus crashed by way of a guardrail earlier than falling over 33 ft into the bottom close to practice tracks in a scene described as “apocalyptic” by Mayor Luigi Brugnaro.

“An enormous tragedy struck our neighborhood this night,” Brugnaro posted on X (previously often known as Twitter). “I instantly ordered town to mourn, in reminiscence of the quite a few victims who had been on the fallen bus.”

He added, “There are not any phrases.”

 Emergency crew members work at the scene after a bus accident near Venice
Mestre, Italy.

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Amongst these killed had been the Italian bus driver and folks carrying passports from Austria, Croatia, France, Spain and Ukraine, Venice’s prefect, Michele Di Bari, advised Reuters.  

Suem 118 Veneto emergency service unit coordinator, Paolo Rosi, advised Italian publication ANSA {that a} child, a 12-year-old little one and an older minor had been additionally killed within the crash.

In keeping with the AP, the injured passengers, together with 4 that had been in critical situation, had been taken to 5 completely different regional hospitals.

 Emergency crew members work at the scene after a bus accident near Venice
Mestre, Italy.

 Stefano Mazzola/Getty Photos

“It’s a time of mourning for everybody, a time to stay silent,” Di Bari stated through Reuters. “Each the President of the Area [Luca Zaia] and the Mayor [Luigi Brugnaro] have requested the premier’s workplace to declare three days of mourning, with flags at half-mast all through the area.”

The reason for the crash continues to be being investigated however it’s believed that the 40-year-old driver could have been unwell earlier than the tragedy. “We presume the driving force could have fallen in poor health,” Zaia advised Rtl 102.5 radio, per the information outlet. 

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