Italy: A coach hit vehicles as it travelled on a flyover in the Campania region before smashing into the parapet, crashing through the guardrail and finally tumbling down a slope, taking blocks on concrete as it fell. The wrecked coach came to rest in the deep undergrowth of a wooded area after falling 30m (98ft). At least 38 people are reported dead with 10 sustaining injuries.
The death toll is being revised and updated all the time. There are some reports that less people were killed but most indicate around 38. Apart from passengers there were people in the vehicles hit by the coach. Some were seen in shocked state on the flyover but others are amongst the injured.
50 people were travelling back to Naples on the coach which was carrying people back from a "pilgrimage" and the passengers included children. The coach driver is dead and some of the injuries sustained by passengers are serious. The accident is one of many in recent weeks; two plane crashes in the USA, a train crash in Canada and only last week a train crash in Spain which killed at least 79 passengers travelling to a religious festival.
The situation was classed as critical as firefighters worked to free people from the wreckage. Emergeny workers told the media that most of the bodies were in the coach although some had been located underneath. Cutting equipment was used to free the bodies. The firefighters paused the noisy equipment at intervals to listen for the sounds of any survivors. Late Sunday night "fire chief Pellegrino Iandolo told Sky TG24 television: "The situation is critical. Our men are working to save as many lives as possible"
Obviously the accident is a major incident which causes poroblems for hospitals in the area. The injured have been taken to hospitals in Avellino, Salerno and Nola.
If you are planning to travel in the area today check out any travel warnings. Sunday the Naples-Bari motorway was closed to traffic because of the accident.
Updates will follow.