Driver is killed and passengers seriously injured after bus crashes through barrier and rolls into Capri beach resort
- Vehicle crashed through iron railings and fell 20 feet in Italy Capri on Thursday donderdag
- The driver died in the crash and some suggested he had a heart attack
- The newspaper La Repubblica reported that a total of 28 people had been injured
- Some were flown in helicopters to the hospital in Naples, which also flew in doctors
A coach on the Italian island of Capri crashed through a guardrail today and landed on a beach resort today, fatally injuring the driver and passengers.
The fire service tweeted that the bus had 11 people on board when it went off the road near the island’s popular Marina Grande area, injuring a total of 28 people in the incident.
Capri Mayor Marino Lembo told Italian state television the bus driver died shortly after the crash, with local media saying the cause was a heart attack. It is unclear whether he had a heart attack before or after the crash.
Pictured: The bus after it crashed in Capri, Italy on July 22, 2021. The bus driver was fatally injured in the crash, while several other people were injured
Four passengers were seriously injured, including a child who was flown by helicopter from the island to a hospital in Naples, Italian media reported.
Several other passengers suffered fewer injuries, Italian media said, with the daily newspaper La Republica report that 28 people were injured in the crash, suggesting people other than the passengers were injured.
According to the state television report, the bus plunged about 17 to 20 feet from the road after the driver lost control of the vehicle.
The bus appeared to have rammed through iron railings and into some structures as it landed away from where people were sunbathing, but it was unclear if they were huts.
Photos of the scene showed the wreckage of the vehicle on its side at the bottom of a cliff, behind some blue-and-white corrugated iron that is part of the beach resort the bus landed on.
Italian media said some beachgoers instinctively dived into the sea for cover when they heard the loud crash.
The mayor of Capri said the cause of the crash was not immediately known, La Repubblica newspaper reported.
Pictured: A bus lies on its side after crashing through a guardrail, on the island of Capri, Italy, Thursday, July 22, 2021
Pictured left and right: people looking down from the cliff where the minibus fell after falling off the road in Capri. The beach resort the bus landed on can be seen below
Passengers on board the minibus were rescued by the fire brigade, Carabinieri – national police – and other police officers on the scene.
Helicopters transported doctors from Naples to the island and returned the most seriously injured to the city’s hospital.
According to La Repubblica, who spoke to officials, the bus was traveling uphill at a steady speed when it swerved left and right before going off the road.
“The driver may have had an illness: At the moment it’s just a hypothesis, but I rule out that it was a risky maneuver because the vehicle was uphill,” Anacapri Deputy Mayor Francesco Cerrotta told the newspaper.
“Someone would have seen the doctors helping the driver with a defibrillator.”
Helicopters have reportedly taken 19 people to the Naples hospital and all doctors on the island have been sent to the hospital to treat the patients.
The exact cause of the accident has yet to be determined, and an investigation is expected to be opened.