Italy: Horror car crash leaves 7 dead from two families after head-on collision

 Monday, March 27, 2023 


Seven people have died after a head-on-collision on a “dangerous” road in Italy.

Overnight, 34-year-old Maria Pia Giambona – who was in intensive care at the Sant’Antonio Abate Hospital in Trapani, Sicily – passed away. Ms Giambona was one of the passengers in an Alfa 156 who died instantly when it smashed into a Fiat Doblo.

She was being driven by her husband Vincenzo Cipponeri, 44, who also died on impact. Mr Cipponeri’s vehicle smashed into a Fiat Doblo which had two families on board – Matteo Cataldo, 70, his wife, Maria Grazia Ficarra, 67, and their son Danilo Cataldo, 44.

Matteo Schiera, 72, and his wife Anna Rosa Romancino, 69, who were riding with them, also died.

Another couple, Matteo Schiera, 72, and his wife Anna Rosa Romancino, 69, were also killed.

Local media reported that one of the cars swerved on to the opposite side of the road before smashing into the oncoming vehicle on the provincial road 16 near Custonaci, in Trapani. The incident happened after its driver lost control of the vehicle.

After the violent crash, firefighters rushed to the victims aid and tried to pull them out of the seats. Ms Giambona was the only person found alive and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. She died a few hours later from her severe injuries.

Locals have previously described the road as “dangerous”, Corriere Della Serra reports. Shocking photos from the scene show the crumpled Alfa 156 beside a barrier on the side of the road. An investigation has been launched to understand the circumstances that lead to the crash.

According to initial information, the collision may have happened because the cars were travelling at high speeds.

Road 16 is one of the busiest in Trapani due to its immaculate surroundings, including crystal-clear sea and pristine beaches.

On Sunday in the US state of Tennessee, six young girls were killed in a horrific car crash.

The car, a Toyota Camry, veered off the road at about 2am and struck a shoulder barrier, flipping over and ejecting the kids from the vehicle, according to emergency services.

The children were declared dead at the scene after it became clear they were unable to be resuscitated, while a woman was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

A male in the vehicle was transported to a different hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.

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