The driver was killed and passengers were seriously injured after a minibus crashed into a barrier and drove to a beach resort in Capri.
- The car crashed into an iron railing and fell 20 feet on Thursday in Capri, Italy, after its driver lost control.
- The driver died in the accident, some speculated that he had a heart attack, although there is no official cause.
- La Repubblica newspaper reported that 28 people were injured in the shocking incident.
- Some were airlifted to a hospital in Naples by helicopter, which also flew doctors to an island in southern Italy.
A minibus on the Italian island of Capri today crashed into a fence and landed at a beach resort, causing fatal injuries to the driver and passengers.
Firefighters tweeted that 11 people were aboard the bus when it pulled off the road near the popular area of Marina Grande, which reportedly injured 28 people.
Capri Mayor Marino Lembo told Italian state television that the bus driver had died shortly after the accident, and local media said the cause was a heart attack. It is unclear whether he suffered from a heart attack before or after the accident.
Pictured: A view of the crash site where a minibus with a dozen people swerved off the road, crashed and fell about 20 feet, on the island of Capri, southern Italy, on July 22, 2021.
Pictured: A minibus after a crash in Capri, Italy on July 22, 2021. The bus driver was fatally injured in the accident, while several other people were injured.
According to Italian media reports, four passengers were seriously injured, including a child who was taken by helicopter from the island to a hospital in Naples.
Several other passengers were less severely injured, Italian media reported. La Repubblica reporting that 28 people were injured in the plane crash, it can be assumed that not only passengers but also other people were injured.
State television reported that the bus fell about 17-20 feet off the road after the driver lost control of the vehicle.
The bus appeared to have broken through iron railings and some structures when it landed away from areas where people were sunbathing, but it was unclear if they were changing into cabins.
Images from the scene show the wreckage of the car lying on its side at the foot of the cliff, behind the blue-and-white corrugated iron sheeting that is part of the beach resort where the bus landed.
Italian media reported that some beach goers instinctively dived into the sea for cover when they heard a loud crash.
According to the newspaper La Repubblica, the mayor of Capri said that the cause of the crash is still unknown.
Pictured: An aerial view of a bus lying on its side at the foot of a cliff after colliding with a fence, on the island of Capri, Italy, Thursday, July 22, 2021.
Pictured left and right: people look down from a cliff where a minibus fell after a crash on the road to Capri. The beach resort where the bus stopped can be seen below.
Pictured left: A bus seen lying on its side after crashing off a cliff on Thursday at the beach resort below, and one person was confirmed dead. Right: An emergency vehicle gathering at the crash site of the shuttle bus.
The passengers who were on board the minibus were rescued by the fire brigade, as well as the carabinieri – the national police – and other police officers at the scene.
The helicopters brought doctors from Naples to the island and took the most seriously injured back to the city hospital.
According to a La Repubblica spokesman who spoke with officials, the bus moved at a constant speed uphill as it swerved left and right before flying off the road.
Pictured: Rescuers gather at the scene of the accident where a minibus with a dozen people turned off the road and crashed, on the island of Capri, Naples, southern Italy, July 22, 2021.
“The driver could be sick: at the moment this is only a hypothesis, but I exclude that it was a risky maneuver, because the car was going uphill,” Deputy Mayor of Anacapri Francesco Cerrotta told the newspaper.
“Someone would see doctors helping a driver with a defibrillator.”
The helicopters reportedly took 19 people to the Naples hospital and all doctors on the island were sent to the hospital to treat patients.
The exact cause of the accident has not yet been established and an investigation is expected to start.