A bus crammed with vacationers in Venice careened by an overpass guardrail, crashed on prepare tracks and exploded on Tuesday night, killing at the very least 21 individuals on board and wounding greater than a dozen extra.
“It’s an apocalyptic scene,” Mayor Luigi Brugnaro of Venice instructed reporters. He additionally declared a day of mourning.
The crash occurred in Mestre, the mainland part of Venice, and rescue staff have been nonetheless making an attempt to get well survivors and our bodies from the wreckage late Tuesday night time. At the very least 12 individuals have been injured and despatched to a hospital, in accordance with the mayor’s workplace.
Venice officers mentioned the bus was filled with vacationers, and that two minors have been among the many useless. Italy’s inside minister, Matteo Piantedosi, mentioned on Italian tv that “the fireplace that exploded somewhat rapidly” when the bus hit the tracks had aggravated the tragedy, and that “there may very well be” extra our bodies within the flames.
Michele di Bari, the prefect of Venice, who was on the scene, mentioned the bus had dropped dozens of meters by the air “and is totally crushed on itself.”
“There’s a variety of our bodies,” he mentioned, including that the final he noticed eliminated was that of the driving force.
Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni conveyed her “deep condolences,” and President Sergio Mattarella additionally expressed his grief for the tragedy.