School bus crashes in northern Italy killing 16, injuring about 40

A still image taken from a video shows firefighters working next to a charred bus, which was carrying Hungarian students, on a side of a highway, near Verona, northern Italy, January 21, 2017. Vigili del Fuoco/Handout via REUTERS

A bus carrying schoolchildren has crashed and caught fire in northern Italy, killing at least 16 people, emergency officials say, the BBC reported.

The bus, carrying pupils from Hungary, collided with a roadside column as it exited the A4 motorway near Verona late on Friday, it added.

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

The bus was returning to Budapest from France, where the pupils had been on a mountain holiday.

Italian news agency Ansa said a number of the pupils, who were mainly boys aged between 14 and 18, were thrown out of the vehicle when it collided with the pylon.

It is not known why the bus left the road. Others were trapped inside the bus when it caught fire, Ansa said. Ten of those in hospital are seriously hurt, it said.

The death toll is not expected to increase, the fire service added.
Hungarian media reported that the country’s consul in Milan has arrived in Verona, according to the BBC.

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