National day of mourning for bus crash victims

Tuesday 30 July is a national day of mourning in memory of the 38 victims of a bus crash, one of the worst in recent history, in southern Italy on 28 July. The driver was killed in the accident and a further 19 people injured.

The accident took place near Avellino in the Campania region after a chartered bus returning from a pilgrimage to a Padre Pio shrine careered off a viaduct, falling some 30m into the ravine below. The youngest victim was reportedly 16, and the oldest 88.

The Italian premier Enrico Letta, just back from a visit to Greece, travelled on 30 July to the site of the accident and to the funeral in Pozzuoli, the home of most of the victims where three days of mourning have been declared.

An investigation is underway into the circumstances of the crash which was the deadliest in western Europe in the last decade.