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At least 16 people have died when a bus carrying Hungarian school students returning home from France crashed into the side of a motorway near Verona. (Picture: AP)
At least 16 people have died after a bus returning from a school trip hit a pylon of a bridge and burst into flames.
The bus was reportedly returning to Budapest from a school field trip in a mountain resort in France when the incident happened near Verona East yesterday.
Thirty-nine others were injured when the bus crashed into the pylon and immediately went up in flames.
According to reports, some of the passengers were thrown outside the burning bus while others remained trapped inside.
Emergency services immediately rushed to the scene, where they remained through the night.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.