Breaking News: Italy coach crash: ‘At least
24 37 dead’ near Avellino
Rescuers line up the bodies of victims of a bus crash on July 28, 2013 on the road between Monteforte Irpino and Baiano, southern Italy (AFP Photo / Stringer / Agenzia Controluce)
At least 24 people have been killed in southern Italy when a coach plunged 30m (98ft) down a steep slope, Italian media report.
The coach hit several cars before coming off a flyover near the town of Avellino, in the Campania region.
The driver is thought to be among the dead, according to the Italian news agency Ansa.
There were about 40 passengers on board, including children, the news agency said.
The group had been returning to Naples following a pilgrimage.
TV footage showed smashed vehicles on the flyover and shrouded bodies lined up by the side of a road.
“I cannot yet confirm the number of victims – we are still pulling people from the vehicle,” a police spokesman told the French news agency AFP.
He added that the Naples-Bari highway had been closed to traffic because of the accident.
Reports say the bus smashed through a guardrail on the flyover. It came to rest in heavy undergrowth, which is hampering the rescue operation.
The injured are being taken to hospitals in Avellino, Salerno and Nola, Ansa said.
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