21 Dead in 'Apocalyptic' Bus Crash Near Venice

Bus fell from elevated street
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 3, 2023 5:56 PM CDT
21 Dead in 'Apocalyptic' Bus Crash Near Venice
Italian firefighters work at the scene of a passenger bus accident in Mestre, near the city of Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

A bus carrying foreign tourists including Ukrainians crashed near the Italian city of Venice when it fell from an elevated street Tuesday, killing at least 21 people and injuring 18 others, authorities said. Four of the injured were in serious condition following the accident in the Mestre borough, on the mainland opposite the historic old city of Venice, said Renato Boraso, a Venice city official. Two of the dead were children, Venice prefect Michele Di Bari said.

Boraso confirmed that some of the victims are Ukrainians, and said the bus was bringing tourists to a camping site the AP reports. Officials said French and German citizens also died, along with the Italian driver. Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that the scene of the crash was "apocalyptic" and that he had already declared the "city's mourning" for the "numerous victims" who were on the bus. Officials said the bus fell nearly 100 feet onto power lines and caught fire, the Guardian reports.

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