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Italian Police Determine Verona Bus Tragedy to Have Been Caused by “Human Error”

By Tom Szigeti // 2017.03.03.

According to Hungarian wire service MTI, Italian police have determined that last month’s bus crash outside the city of Verona was caused by human error.

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. An additional 26 were injured.

Speaking about the accident, the head of the Verona highway police, Girolamo Lacquaniti, said that

the causes of the crash can be determined, even more so due to the fact that there are no signs that would indicate the vehicle’s mechanical failure. It is our opinion, then, that the accident was caused by human error.

Lacquaniti’s evaluation of the crash is consistent with earlier conjectures that the crash was caused by a sudden health problem or falling asleep on the part of the driver.

At the end of January, Italian authorities charged the bus’s 52-year-old driver, whose name has not yet been released, with vehicular homicide, a charge “involving reckless conduct or negligence leading to serious injury or death.”

Since the tragic crash, those injured have been transported from Verona to Budapest for further care. According to Italian media outlets, the bus driver was among those seriously injured who was transported back to Hungary.

Via MTI and

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