Rescuers have said at least 39 people have been killed after a tour bus plunged off a major highway in southern Italy. The bus was reportedly carrying pilgrims returning to Naples after an excursion.
At least 39 people have died after a tour coach crashed Sunday night on the 116 autostrada near Avellino, about 160 miles (250 kilometers) south of Rome, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
The bus reportedly crashed into cars that had been slowed by heavy traffic and fell 30 meters (100 feet) off a viaduct and into a ravine, rescuers said. State radio reported the bus driver was among the dead.
A fire service spokesman said at least 11 people were injured and have been taken to hospital.
The coach was carrying more than 40 people back to Naples after a pilgrimage in the southern region of Campania, Italian media sources reported.
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