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Italian bus crash kills 38

Thirty-eight people were killed and 10 injured when a bus plunged off a viaduct in southern Italy in one of the country’s worst road accidents, Reuters reported.

Initial reports suggested that the coach was travelling at speed and had hit four or five cars before crashing over the roadside barriers on a stretch of road near Monteforte Irpino, east of Naples, on Sunday night.

Many children were among the 50 people on board. Prosecutors have already opened an investigation into the case.

All of the victims appear to have been Italians returning from an excursion to the town of Telese Terme, known for its hot sulphurous springs and a nearby lake popular as a fishing spot. Local media said the stretch of road where the bus crashed had been the scene of repeated accidents.

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