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Italy: Driver sets schoolbus on fire near Milan, 14 intoxicated01:15

Italy: Driver sets schoolbus on fire near Milan, 14 intoxicated

Italy, San Donato Milanese
March 20, 2019 at 14:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

A school bus driver transporting 51 children was arrested for setting fire to the vehicle near Milan on Wednesday, after reportedly tying students up and saying “deaths in the Mediterranean must stop,” Italian authorities said.

The driver, 47-year old Senegal-born Italian citizen Ousseynou Sy reportedly said “no one is getting out of here alive” while deviating the bus from its intended route. Sy reportedly tied the students and their chaperones up with electrician bands.

One of the students’ chaperones managed to alert the Carabinieri, Italy’s gendarmerie, who stopped the vehicle by putting up a series of checkpoints that the driver attempted to break through.

Sy lost control of the vehicle and attempted to set the bus on fire before the Carabinieri rescued the students by breaking the windows.

As he was detained, the driver said he was protesting against migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, Carabinieri commander Luca De Marchis said.

Footage shows firefighters at work near the burnt remains of the school bus. 12 students and two adults have reportedly been taken to hospital over inhalation concerns.

Italy: Driver sets schoolbus on fire near Milan, 14 intoxicated01:15
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A school bus driver transporting 51 children was arrested for setting fire to the vehicle near Milan on Wednesday, after reportedly tying students up and saying “deaths in the Mediterranean must stop,” Italian authorities said.

The driver, 47-year old Senegal-born Italian citizen Ousseynou Sy reportedly said “no one is getting out of here alive” while deviating the bus from its intended route. Sy reportedly tied the students and their chaperones up with electrician bands.

One of the students’ chaperones managed to alert the Carabinieri, Italy’s gendarmerie, who stopped the vehicle by putting up a series of checkpoints that the driver attempted to break through.

Sy lost control of the vehicle and attempted to set the bus on fire before the Carabinieri rescued the students by breaking the windows.

As he was detained, the driver said he was protesting against migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, Carabinieri commander Luca De Marchis said.

Footage shows firefighters at work near the burnt remains of the school bus. 12 students and two adults have reportedly been taken to hospital over inhalation concerns.

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