School bus crashes in Italy, killing 16, mostly teenagers

Jan 23, 2017, 02:52
School bus crashes in Italy, killing 16, mostly teenagers

The bus carrying Hungarian high school students and teachers from a ski trip in France back to Budapest went off the road, slammed into a pylon, and burst into flames on the A4 motorway near Verona.

Thirty-nine people survived, though some were seriously injured.

The head of Highway Police noted that most of the passengers were teenage students while others were teachers and parents.The bus had been carrying at least 50 passengers, where most were Hungarians aged between 14 and 18. "Television images showed the bus on fire".

Police say 16 badly burnt bodies have been pulled from the wreckage. He said he could not explain the accident.

The teenagers all came from a secondary school in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, Szijjarto told reporters.

Details of the cause of the crash remained unclear, but Szijjarto said the bus driver lost control of the vehicle, which hit a guard rail and then the overpass support before catching fire.

Italy's national fire service said that another 39 people had been injured, the BBC indicated.

Investigators have found no brake marks at the scene, he said.

According to media reports, one of those thrown clear of the bus was an older man, possibly one of the drivers.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said: "With my prayers, I am with the families and friends shocked by the tragedy".

Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom Orban enjoys good relations, also expressed his condolences. The recovery operation is still underway and it is thought the crash could claim more lives.