Devastating Bus Accident in Venice: Multiple Fatalities and Injuries

2023-10-03 21:11:15

About five people are still missing, Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi confirmed. The bus that fell from a bridge was a private bus that was taking tourists to a campsite in Marghera. Mestre is the mainland part of the lagoon city of Venice.

This was reported by the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro. The railway line between Mestre and Venice was interrupted. The bus had been rented by the operators of a campsite in Marghera for their guests. One German and five Ukrainians are among the fatalities. Generally there were travelers from different countries on the bus.

Bus accident in Venice

In Mestre (Venice) several people were killed and injured in a bus accident. A bus with several people on board came off a bridge and fell regarding ten meters.

Bus caught fire following crash

The accident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. on the overpass of the slip road that leads from Mestre to Marghera and the A4 motorway. For reasons that remain to be clarified, the natural gas-powered bus broke through the railing, crashed and landed between a warehouse and the tracks of Mestre train station, where it caught fire. Some of the victims who were recovered were said to have been burned. The victims also include minors. Dozens of firefighters were deployed to extinguish the flames.

IMAGO/ZUMA Press/Andrea Buoso Numerous emergency services were at the scene of the accident late in the evening

Two young workers from the Fincantieri shipping company, who had witnessed the accident, rushed to the bus and tried to save the people trapped in the vehicle. 27-year-old Boubacar Toure, who comes from Gambia and works in Mestre, described in a video recording how he freed a little girl, five people and a dog from the vehicle.

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“Terrible tragedy”

“A terrible tragedy has struck our community this evening. I immediately ordered a day of mourning to commemorate the many victims who were on the bus that crashed. We have witnessed an apocalyptic scene, there are no words,” Brugnaro wrote on Twitter (X).

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and Deputy Prime Minister Antonio Tajani expressed their condolences to the victims and their families. Head of State Sergio Mattarella called Mayor Brugnaro and condoled the victims’ families.

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