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Sixteen dead, about 40 injured in Italy school-tour bus blast horror

A charred bus, which was carrying Hungarian students, is seen on a side of a highway, near Verona, northern Italy, January 21, 2017. Italian Police/Handout via REUTERS
A charred bus, which was carrying Hungarian students, is seen on a side of a highway, near Verona, northern Italy, January 21, 2017. Italian Police/Handout via REUTERS
A firefighter sprays water on the burned hulk of a bus that crashed and burst into flames near Verona, northern Italy, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (Italian Firfighters/ANSA via AP)
A charred bus, which was carrying Hungarian students, is seen on a side of a highway, near Verona, northern Italy, January 21, 2017. Italian Police/Handout via REUTERS
A charred bus, which was carrying Hungarian students, is seen on a side of a highway, near Verona, northern Italy, January 21, 2017. Italian Police/Handout via REUTERS
A charred bus, which was carrying Hungarian students, is seen on a side of a highway, near Verona, northern Italy, January 21, 2017. Italian Police/Handout via REUTERS
Firefighters inspect the burned hulk of a bus that crashed and burst into flames near Verona, northern Italy, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (Italian Firfighters/ANSA via AP)

Stefano Rellandini

Sixteen people were killed and about 40 injured after a bus carrying Hungarian students burst into flames on a highway in northern Italy, police and the fire service said on Saturday.

The bus went off the road near a highway exit close to the city of Verona overnight. The local highway police chief said it was carrying mostly teenage students, teachers and parents.

"Many children among the victims of the accident in Verona, a bus catches fire on impact with a pillar," national police said on Twitter, adding they had come to Italy from France.

Local highway police chief Girolamo Lacquaniti told SkyTG24 television some people had minor injuries, but others were more serious.

A charred bus, which was carrying Hungarian students, is seen on a side of a highway, near Verona, northern Italy, January 21, 2017. Italian Police/Handout via REUTERS
A charred bus, which was carrying Hungarian students, is seen on a side of a highway, near Verona, northern Italy, January 21, 2017. Italian Police/Handout via REUTERS

Lacquaniti said the cause of the crash would be investigated. "We are not aware of other vehicles being involved, it seems to have gone off the road of its own accord."

Police released photographs and television footage of the burned-out hulk near a road bridge.

A charred bus, which was carrying Hungarian students, is seen on a side of a highway, near Verona, northern Italy, January 21, 2017. Italian Police/Handout via REUTERS
A charred bus, which was carrying Hungarian students, is seen on a side of a highway, near Verona, northern Italy, January 21, 2017. Italian Police/Handout via REUTERS

The wreckage had been removed from the road by around 0800 GMT.

A charred bus, which was carrying Hungarian students, is seen on a side of a highway, near Verona, northern Italy, January 21, 2017. Italian Police/Handout via REUTERS
A charred bus, which was carrying Hungarian students, is seen on a side of a highway, near Verona, northern Italy, January 21, 2017. Italian Police/Handout via REUTERS
Firefighters inspect the burned hulk of a bus that crashed and burst into flames near Verona, northern Italy, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (Italian Firfighters/ANSA via AP)
Firefighters inspect the burned hulk of a bus that crashed and burst into flames near Verona, northern Italy, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (Italian Firfighters/ANSA via AP)

Reuters

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