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At least 38 killed, 10 injured in Italian pilgrimage bus crash

Published time: July 29, 2013 03:44
Edited time: July 29, 2013 09:48

Police inspect remains of a bus crash on July 29, 2013 on the road between Monteforte Irpino and Baiano, southern Italy. (AFP Photo / Carlo Hermann)

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At least 38 people have been reported dead and 10 injured after a bus skidded off a viaduct in southern Italy. Children are among the victims of the fatal crash.

The bus was traveling the A16 highway from the town of Canosa to Naples when the incident happened on Sunday evening. The vehicle hit several cars before running through the guard rail and falling more than 25 meters down a slope, Italian media reported.

Up to 50 people were on board the bus at the time of the crash, according to La Repubblica newspaper. 

Preliminary reports said seven of them - including the driver - died in the incident, but the death toll rose as the rescue operation continued, ANSA news agency reported.

Thirty-two bodies were recovered from the damaged bus while three others were found underneath it. One of the passengers was pulled out alive but succumbed to her wounds at the scene. 

Rescuers prepare the coffins of victims of a bus crash on July 28, 2013 on the road between Monteforte Irpino and Baiano, southern Italy. (AFP Photo)

Eleven people were rescued from the crashed bus and taken to hospital. Two men, six women, and three children are among the survivors. All of them are in serious condition, the agency said.

First responders had difficulties pulling victims from the wrecked bus. The viaduct was damaged by the vehicle, thereby loosening pieces of concrete which threatened to fall on emergency teams.

The site of the crash near the town of Avellino is difficult to reach, making the rescue operation even more challenging.

Police cordoned off the part of the highway where the crash happened.

The passengers were travelling back to Naples from a pilgrimage dedicated to St. Pio of Pietrelcina - popularly known as Padre Pio. 

Workers remove the wreck of a bus on July 29, 2013 near Baiano, following a crash the day before on the road between Monteforte Irpino and Baiano, southern Italy. (AFP Photo / Carlo Hermann)

Workers remove the wreck of a bus on July 29, 2013 near Baiano, following a crash the day before on the road between Monteforte Irpino and Baiano, southern Italy. (AFP Photo / Carlo Hermann)


Comments (46)

 

WorkTogether 30.07.2013 19:09

Although at this time the cause of this accident is not known yet, is it not possible that due to earth changes, land is not remaining as solid or compact as it always was? If this is possible, it could affect roads & railway tracks. The road or track looks normal, but the land underneath is filled with pockets of rubbery, gel-like magma? Land on the move could perhaps move railway tracks? Earth changes occuring even baffle scientists because they have no historical data for comparisons. Airport beacons have had to be moved in places, new buildings collapse suddenly. Why? Could a shifting crust not be a factor?

Anonymous user 30.07.2013 18:47

Yes we feel deeply for the many. Like a private war of horrifically tragic accidents. Be strong...

Anonymous user 29.07.2013 17:21

Our hearts go out to you and all your family's. God Bless Ireland.

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