A coach accident in the centre of Rome has killed 12 Turkish tourists and injured 18, four seriously. The vehicle lost control and smashed through a wall on the road leading down from one of the city’s hills, the Monte Mario. It seems driver error may be to blame, as witnesses said there was heavy braking before the coach plunged off the road and fell 15 metres into the garden of a villa.
31 Turks were on board the coach, on a company convention in the Italian capital, part of a 350-strong delegation. The accident happened at midnight, and rescue services were quickly on the scene to ferry the injured away to hospital. The coach, which finished buried nose-first into the ground, will need special lifting equipment to reach it.