A bus fell from a bridge in Venice on Tuesday evening, killing “at least 20 people, including two children,” a spokesperson for the mayor of Venice told AFP.
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“A tragedy struck our community this evening”, causing “many victims among those present on board the bus which fell” from a bridge near Mestre, on the mainland, the mayor said on Facebook, describing “ an apocalyptic scene.
According to Venice firefighters, the bus “caught fire” after falling from a bridge spanning a railway line between Mestre and Marghera, two towns that are part of Venice.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni immediately expressed “her deep condolences”.
“I am in contact with Mayor Luigi Brugnaro and Minister [des Transports] Matteo Salvini to follow the news of this tragedy,” she said in a statement.