Image: Firefighters work on the site of a bus accident in Mestre, near Venice,

At least 20 dead near Venice when bus falls off elevated Italian street

ROME — A bus crashed near the Italian city of Venice after falling from an elevated street, killing at least 20 people and injuring others Tuesday, authorities said.

The crash happened in Mestre, a suburb of Venice.

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro wrote on X that the scene of the crash was “apocalyptic” and that he had already declared the “city’s mourning” for the “numerous victims” who were on the bus.

Image: Firefighters work on the site of a bus accident in Mestre, near VeniceFirefighters work on the site of a bus accident on Tuesday in Mestre, near Venice, Italy.Marco Sabadin / AFP – Getty Images

According to local media, the bus fell a few meters before crashing close to Mestre’s railway tracks, where it caught fire. Emergency crews were on the scene.

Premier Giorgia Meloni expressed her “deepest sorrow” after the crash.

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