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At Least 20 People Killed In Bus Crash In Northern Italy

More than 20 people have been killed after a bus carrying tourists crashed off an overpass near Venice, Italy.

At about 7.45pm local time, the bus reportedly fell 15 metres, close to railway lines in the Mestre district, onto electricity lines and caught fire.

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The cause of the crash is unclear.

Venice’s prefecture, a branch of the interior ministry, said to Italian news agency ANSA there were 21 people dead, 12 injured, and four to five unaccounted for.

Prefect Michele Di Bari said the death toll included two children.

Other Italian media agencies are reporting the death toll could climb as rescue operations continue.

Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro described the crash of the site as “apocalyptic”.

“A huge tragedy struck our community this evening,” Mr Brugnaro said on X, formally Twitter.

“An apocalyptic scene, there are no words.”

Italy’s prime minister Giorgia Meloni expressed the government’s “deepest condolences” to the victims and their families.

“Our thoughts go out to the victims and their family and friends,” she said.

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