Venice Bus Crash Kills 21, Including Children, Plunges 50 Feet off Flyover

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In a horrifying incident near Venice, a staggering loss of 21 lives occurred, when a bus plummeted off a flyover, breaking through a protective barrier, which resulted in an intense, engulfing fire. Among the casualties were several children as well as adults of various nationalities including Ukrainian, German, and Italian citizens.

Situated adjacent to railway tracks, in the Mestre district known for its proximity to Venice, this was the site of the tragic accident. The bus left the ground, plunging close to an astonishing 15 metres or 50 feet in distance. Evidence pointing to the casualties’ nationalities was shared by Michele Di Bari, the city prefect, who mournfully confirmed that amongst the deceased, five were Ukrainian, one German and the rest were Italian residents including the ill-fated bus driver.

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Venice’s Mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, was visibly shocked at the magnitude of the disaster, taking to social media platforms to describe the incident as a “huge tragedy,” lamenting the loss by stating, “An apocalyptic scene, there are no words.”

The disaster primarily claimed the lives of young individuals, a fact that hung heavily in the words of one unnamed rescuer who lamented it as “a tragedy of young people, if not very young people, except for a few adults”. It was a sad day indeed as among the dead were even infants.

As the interior minister, Matteo Piantedosi ominously predicted that the toll could rise, medical services confirmed fifteen individuals were injured, five of them severely. The tourists, who were mainly from Ukraine, Austria, Spain and other countries, received medical attention with special care given to two children aged 16 and two younger ones.

The bus, operated on a combination of electric batteries and methane gas, was used by the locals for transportation and had about 39 passengers onboard when the accident occurred near the end of daylight hours on Tuesday. Eyewitnesses shared their terrifying experience of hearing trapped passengers’ screams, helpless due to the intensity of the flames.

Preliminary investigations are underway with videos from nearby security cameras being screened to ascertain the exact sequence of events prior to the crash. Though the driver was experienced with seven years of service to his name, speculation is rife about the possibility of him falling ill moments before the mishap occurred.

As the fire brigade managed to clear the burning wreck in the early hours of Wednesday, a facility was rapidly established at a nearby hospital for counselling the victims’ families, who were understandably shaken at the sudden turn of life’s events.

Though Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni expressed her heart-felt condolences to the bereaved families, it was a stark reminder for the population of a similar incident in 2013, which had claimed 38 lives near the southern Italian town of Monteforte Irpino.