Coach plunges off viaduct in Italy, 36 killed

ROME: A coach carrying about 48 people plunged more than 15 metres (49 feet) off a viaduct in southern Italy on Sunday, killing at least 36 people, a spokesman for the fire service said.

The spokesman said that eleven people were pulled out alive from the stricken coach and taken to hospital, some with serious injuries. Rescue operations are ongoing, he said.

The coach was carrying about 48 people back to Naples after visiting Telese Terme in the southern region of Campania, Italian daily La Repubblica reported.

“The situation is dramatic,” the spokesman for the fire service said, adding that several other vehicles were also involved in the accident.

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