A bus crash near the Italian city of Venice kills at least 21, including Ukrainian tourists

A night scene in which an overturned vehicle and people standing around are seen far away.
Italian state police agents work the scene of a passenger bus accident near Venice, Italy, on Tuesday.
(Italian State Police via Associated Press)

A bus carrying foreign tourists including Ukrainians crashed near Venice, Italy, after falling from an elevated street Tuesday, killing at least 21 people and injuring 18 others, authorities said.

Four of the injured were in serious condition after the accident in the Mestre borough, on the mainland opposite the historic old city of Venice, said Renato Boraso, a Venice city official. Two of the dead were children, Venice prefect Michele Di Bari said.

Boraso confirmed that some of the victims are Ukrainians, and said the bus was bringing tourists to a camping site.

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that the scene of the crash was “apocalyptic” and that he had declared the “city’s mourning” for the “numerous victims” who were on the bus.


According to local media, the bus fell a few yards before crashing close to Mestre’s railway tracks, where it caught fire. Emergency crews were on the scene.

Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni expressed her “deepest sorrow” after the crash.