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List of suspects drafted in fatal bus crash

Highways corporation being probed after 38 dead

List of suspects drafted in fatal bus crash

(see related) Avellino, July 29 – Prosecutors said Monday they were already drafting a list of possible suspects and may investigate the corporation that manages the highway where a bus crash killed 38 people. "There are suspects," said Rosario Cantelmo, prosecutor for Avellino near where the deadly crash occurred Sunday, adding that the condition of the bus was also being closely probed. Investigators are carefully examining why a concrete barrier failed to hold the bus on the road but instead allowed it to crash with deadly results. Charges of multiple manslaughter are a possibility, prosecutors said. An autopsy has already been ordered on the driver of the bus although police said they suspect a mechanical failure was the cause of the crash that also injured 19. The bus slammed into a guard rail before flying off a high viaduct when the protective barrier gave way, police said. Before crashing into the railing, the bus struck six cars travelling on the highway. The bus had been carrying a group of friends returning from a weekend excursion to the local Telese thermal baths and the popular pilgrimage destination of Pietralcina.

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