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Italy begins to bury its dead after coach crash tragedy

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Italy begins to bury its dead after coach crash tragedy


Italy is to hold a national day of mourning after one of the country’s worst road accidents. The first of 38 funerals will be held today (Tuesday).

An investigation is underway into what caused the coach, which was carrying around 50 passengers, to slam into cars before careering off a flyover and plunge some 25 metres into a ravine

A badly injured Bartolina de Felice was one of the few people to survive Sunday night’s crash. Speaking from her hospital bed she said: “What I think happened is that one of the wheels just went. And then suddenly, there were sparks and flames inside. The bus couldn’t stop, it was travelling very quickly, it sped up without stopping. And then we fell.”

Officials have been examining the vehicle. One report claims its transmission was found a long way from the crash site others point to tyre problems. An autopsy has been ordered on the dead driver’s body. Questions are also being asked as to why the flyover safety barriers failed to prevent the tragedy.

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