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Published On: Sun, Jul 28th, 2013

Bus crash in Italy leaves 36 dead, nearly another dozen injured

A bus returning pilgrims from a weekend visit to a Catholic shrine went off a bridge in southern Italy on Sunday, leaving at least 36 dead, including some children, officials said.

Image/CIA

Image/CIA

At least 11 people have been injured, some of them seriously, the Italian news agency Ansa reported.

The BBC adds that 50 people were on the bus, headed back to Naples, confirming that the driver is among the deceased.

Andrea Regione, a photographer for the Corriere dell’Irpinia newspaper, told CNN that the bus went off a bridge and fell roughly 30 meters (almost 100 feet) into a heavily wooded area below.

Photos from the scene showed a broken guardrail and the bus laying on its side.

Another photo appeared to show a line of bodies — each covered in a white sheet.

Regione estimated that 10 other vehicles were involved in the crash. It’s unknown what led to the accident.

A police spokesman told the French news agency AFP that the number of victims could not yet be confirmed.

“We are still pulling people from the vehicle,” he said.

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