Hungary in mourning after horror coach crash

The mass of flowers, candles and messages for the victims of Friday's tragedy continued to grow outside the children's school in central Budapest.

Hungary in mourning after horror coach crash

World Bulletin / News Desk

Hungary was mourning on Sunday 16 people killed after a coach bringing Hungarian teenagers home from a skiing trip crashed and burst into flames in Italy.

A national day of mourning has been set for Monday, while a probe of the crash into a bridge pillar near Verona revealed no traces of braking prior to the collision.

Some victims were catapulted out on impact but mostly they perished inside. Those who escaped did so by desperately smashing windows and leaping out.

Several hundred people stood in silence outside the pupils' school, Pal Szinyei-Merse secondary, on a freezing Saturday night to pay their respects as hundreds of tiny candle flames flickered.

"Even though I graduated from the school five years ago, I spent many happy years here," said Timea Deutsch, 24. "It's tragic."

Of the 56 people on board 28 were injured, Italian police said. Six, all adults, remained in hospital including two in a critical condition, Hungary's consul said late Saturday.

The government said flags would fly at half-mast outside parliament on Monday as part of the day of mourning.

"Black flags will be hung on public buildings and schools should find a way to mourn the victims of this accident with dignity before and after classes," it said.

Cardinal Peter Erdo called on worshippers to remember the victims at church services around the country.

"I am praying for the unfortunates who died and for the swift recovery of the injured," Erdo said in a statement.

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Sunday that the victims were so badly charred that it may take several days yet to identify them all. He said that the repatriation of the injured could start Sunday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ocak 2017, 16:24
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