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Catastrophe Engulfs Mestre Overpass Scene

At least 20 people lost their lives on Tuesday after a coach careened off an overpass near Venice in northern Italy, leaving a trail of destruction and despair. According to the Italian newspaper La Republica, the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, spoke of an “apocalyptic scene” as he attempted to come to terms with the magnitude of the disaster.

The coach, which was carrying passengers, veered off the road and plummeted towards the railway lines in the district of Mestre, which is connected to Venice by a bridge. The cause of the accident remains unclear, but the devastating consequences are all too apparent. Italian news agencies and television networks reported on the tragedy, detailing the horrific scene that has unfolded.

As rescue efforts got underway, Sky Italia quoted officials as saying that 18 bodies had been recovered from the wreckage, with numerous others injured in the crash. The exact extent of the injuries is still unknown, but it is clear that many lives have been irreparably changed.

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro’s emotional response to the tragedy was conveyed on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. His words, while inadequate to capture the true extent of the disaster, convey the shocking news: “It’s an apocalyptic scene. I am speechless.”

Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro (Via Luigi Brugnaro/Twitter)

The coach fire, which erupted after the crash, has added to the chaos and destruction. Rescue workers, police, and emergency services are working tirelessly to rescue those trapped in the wreckage, treat the injured, and recover the dead.

The incident has sent shockwaves throughout Italy, with residents and tourists alike left reeling from the devastating news. The accident has implications for the region’s transportation infrastructure, and authorities are already conducting investigations to determine the cause of the disaster.

As the people of Mestre and Venice come to terms with the tragedy, they are left to wonder how such a disaster could have occurred. The answers, for now, remain elusive, but what is clear is that the lives of at least 20 individuals have been lost in a split second. The city will never be the same, and the memory of this horrific incident will linger on for years to come.

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