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Driver of Crashed Hungarian Bus, Currently in Critical Condition, has been Charged by Italian Authorities

On Monday, Italian police announced that they had charged the driver of the Hungarian bus which crashed near Verona on its way back from a skiing trip, according to Italian news site thelocal.it.

The crash, which claimed the lives of eleven teenagers and five adults, occurred on January 20th, on the outskirts of Verona. The students, returning from a school ski trip in France, were from Szinyei Merse Pál Secondary School in Budapest.

The 52-year-old driver, whose name has not yet been released by authorities, is currently in the intensive care unit of the Verona hospital.

Budapest, 2017. január 30. Együttérzõk a veronai baleset áldozataira emlékeznek a Szent István-bazilika elõtt 2017. január 30-án. Az olasz rendõrség bejelentette, hogy befejezõdött a január 20-án éjjel Verona közelében egy magyar busszal történt baleset összes halálos áldozatának azonosítása a DNS-ük alapján. MTI Fotó: Szigetváry Zsolt
Mourners lighting candles in front of Budapest’s St. Stephen’s Basilica in honor of those slain the tragic bus crash. (Photo: MTI- Zsolt Szigetváry)

Italian police have charged the bus’s driver with vehicular homicide, a charge “involving reckless conduct or negligence leading to serious injury or death.”

According to Italian authorities, a forensic investigation determined that the driver, who was one of two on board the bus, was driving when the vehicle slammed into the pillar of a bridge and caught fire.

The other driver was one of the five adults killed in the crash.

In addition to those killed, of those who were riding the bus at the time of the collision, two are in critical condition, ten are seriously injured, thirteen suffered minor injuries, and twelve escaped the incident unharmed.

According to Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, Italian authorities are set to release the bodies of those who lost their lives in the crash on this coming Friday, according to Hungarian wire service MTI. Speaking to Hungarian state media channel M1, Mr. Szijjártó added that Italian authorities will be sending out paperwork authorizing the local jurisdiction where the crash occurred to release the bodies.

You can read more of our coverage of the tragedy here and here.

Via thelocal.it, index.hu, 444.hu, and MTI

Images via MTI and Anadolu Agency