Venice | At least 21 dead later after a bus fell off a bridge and caught fire. Among the victims, most of them tourists, there are Ukrainians, Germans, French and Croatians. There are 18 injured people hospitalized, some in very serious condition due to burns.
At least 21 tourists dead and around twenty injured, some in very serious condition. It is the result of the tragic bus accident in the Italian city of Venice.
The bus caught fire after falling from a highway ramp onto some train tracks. In his fall, he broke the high tension cables. The vehicle’s electric batteries and methane fueled the flames, as Mario Luongo, commander of the Venice firefighters, explained.
“The bus He left the road from a height of more than ten meters. It’s an electric bus, which runs on batteries, so it caught fire. The firefighters found all the people inside the bus engulfed in flames. “The scene that was presented to the firefighters was really difficult, really bad.”
The bus fell upside down, preventing passengers from getting out of the burning vehicle.
Among the victims are Ukrainians, French, Germans and Croatians. There are also children. Some injured suffer serious burns. The bus covered the route between the historic center of Venice and a campsite.
Salvini: “One of the hypotheses is that the driver felt bad”
“One of the hypotheses is that the driver, who died in the accident, felt bad,” Transport Minister Matteo Salvini told the press, revealing that “the road was a straight line without works, without interruptions, the bus It was new, electric.”
Of the fatalities, 19 died instantly and another 2 while being transported by ambulance, while the injured, 3 of them minors and 6 of them in very serious condition, were taken to hospitals in Mestre, Mirano, Dolo, Padua and Treviso, according to sources from the Venice Mayor’s Office.
“An apocalyptic scene”, according to the mayor of Venice
Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni expressed her “deepest condolences, personally and from the entire government, for the serious accident that occurred in Mestre.” And she added: “I think of the victims and their families and friends. I am in close contact with the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro and with the minister (of the Interior) Matteo Piantedosi to follow the news about this tragedy.”
“The bus flew 30 meters” and it seems that “the aggravating factor of the situation was determined by the fact that there was a supply of methane, and therefore the fire developed rapidly,” Piantedosi told RAI public television, before adding about the victims: “It is a very tragic and dramatic balance, but I fear it may be destined to grow.”
Brugnaro, one of the first to go to the scene of the tragedy, revealed that he had declared “mourning, in memory of the numerous victims who were in the fallen bus.” “An apocalyptic scene, there are no words,” he added.
The USL 3 of Venice launched the “major emergencies” protocol, which provides for the making available of all hospital emergency services and calling for reinforcement personnel to work.
In addition to Meloni, Salvini and Piantedosi, other members of the Government showed their condolences while following the evolution of the accident, while all political parties also expressed their regret for the tragedy.
“On my behalf and on that of the Democratic Party, I express our deepest condolences for the very serious accident in Mestre. Thank you to all those who in these terrible hours are helping the injured. The entire democratic community gathers around the families of the victims we care about,” said opposition leader Elly Schlein.
Condolence messages from Europe
Abroad, French President Emmanuel Macron reacted in X. “Our thoughts tonight are with the Italian people, the families and loved ones of the victims of the terrible tragedy in Venice,” he wrote.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed, in Italian, her “sincere condolences to the families of the victims and the injured”, while the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, said, also in Italian, to be “deeply saddened by the terrible accident.”