Published: Mon, January 23, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Bus crash in northern Italy results in the death of 16 people

At least 16 people have died and around 40 were injured when a bus carrying Hungarian students crashed and burst into flames on a highway in northern Italy earlier today. A black flag flew from a flagpole above the school while students lit candles and laid small flowers in memory of the victims. Those who escaped did so by desperately smashing windows and leaping out.

The teenagers all came from a secondary school in Budapest.

"Even though I graduated from the school five years ago, I spent many happy years here", said Timea Deutsch, 24.

"Two people are in critical condition and have not yet been identified".

The government said flags would fly at half-mast outside parliament on Monday as part of the day of mourning.

Lacquaniti said the cause of the crash would be investigated.

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto holds a news conference on the bus accident of Hungarian students.

Investigators raided the offices of Pizolitbusz Ltd, based in the southern Hungarian city of Kiskunfelegyhaza, on Sunday, looking for information about the bus' technical specifications.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, in which the bus veered into an overpass support column on the A4 motorway near Verona.

One teacher, who reportedly suffered serious burns to his back, managed to save some of the kids.

The Guardian quoted Girolamo Lacquaniti, head of Verona's highway police, as saying most of the passengers were students; others were parents and teachers.

Thirty-nine people survived, though some were seriously injured.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences and sympathy to the victims and their families.

The paper said both children were 18, but there were reports from Hungary that the son was 22.

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