Bus Crash in Italy Kills at Least 38 image

At least 38 people died after a bus hit several vehicles before it broke through a guard rail and plunged into a ravine in Italy.

According to officials the bus was heading towards Naples and the accident took place near Baiano, Italy. Yesterday, July 28th, around 8:30 p.m. The bus crushed into a line of slow-moving vehicles on a bridge, according to Alessio Barbaruso, commander of the fire department in the province of Avellino. The bus then broke through the bridge’s guardrail and plunged 30 meters (98 feet) into a ravine.

The bus had 48 passengers that were returning to Naples after a trip from Talese Terme. Eleven people have been taken out from the wreckage and taken to the nearest hospital with serious injuries. Reports say that the bus driver is among the dead.

“The region is among the mountains, so it’s quite difficult to reach which makes rescue operations very challenging,” Stefano Liberti, a local journalist, told Al Jazeera.

According to one of the survivors, one of the tires might have blown out and driver was unable to control the vehicle. Officials still have not determined the cause of the accident. The bus crash comes a week after the horrible train accident near Santiago, Spain, which killed 79 people.

“The situation is critical,” head fireman Pellegrino Iandolo told SKY TG24 television. “Our men are working to save as many lives as possible.”

Source: aljazeera.com, Bloomberg