As an Italian bus was returning from a trip, it was met with unfortunate accident that had not been envisaged apart from the fun moments. The bus hit a pylon of a bridge near Verona in northern Italy resulting into the death of 16 people, reports Italian news agency ANSA.
According to a tweet posted on Italian firefighter’s official Twitter account, 39 people were injured in the catastrophic accident.
It is reported that the accident occurred as the bus was on a return journey to Budapest, Hungary, from a school field trip in a mountain resort in France. ANSA said that the exact location of the accident was at the junction of Verona East on the road toward Venice.
55 people were onboard, most of whom were school boys of ages 14 to 18.
Immediately after the first impact, the bus caught flames as some occupants were thrown outside the burning bus. Others were trapped in it, the news agency reported.
Quick response to the accident was crucial in combating the extension of the tragedy.
Officials reported that they were still investigating the cause of the accident.
Spikes of accidents in Italy
Late last week Italy made headlines after an avalanche collapsed on a hotel, trapping most of the people who had gone to have fun.
The avalanche destroyed the Italian hotel as the survivors ate snow to stay hydrated during the 58 hours they were trapped.
As at the moment, 9 people have been rescued with estimates showing more than 20 are still trapped.
So far 6 bodies have been found and rescuers are still moving on with the search. However, the poor weather conditions have not been forgiving as the roads have become impassible.
Georgia Galassi was one of those to have been pulled out alive. When the avalanche hit, the 22-year-old was sitting on a couch in the lobby of the hotel with her fiancé, reports The Independent.
She says that she was left confused as everything else crumbled, adding that they ate a lot of ice to keep them going. Ms Glassi added that her fiancé assisted everyone else remain in high spirits by humming.