School bus crash and fire leaves 16 dead in Northern Italy (VIDEO)

A bus carrying schoolchildren has crashed and caught fire in northern Italy, killing at least 16 people, emergency officials say.

The bus, carrying pupils from Hungary, collided with a pylon as it exited the A4 motorway near Verona late on Friday, informs BBC.

Italy's national fire service said on Twitter that another 39 people had been injured.

The bus was returning to Budapest from France, where the pupils had been on a mountain holiday.

Italian news agency Ansa said a number of the pupils, who were mainly boys aged between 14 and 18, were thrown out of the vehicle when it collided with the pylon.

It is not known why the bus left the road.

Others were trapped inside the bus when it caught fire, Ansa said. Ten of those in hospital are seriously hurt, it said.

The death toll is not expected to increase, the fire service added.

Hungarian media reported that the country's consul in Milan has arrived in Verona.

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