Representatives of Italian authorities remembered the victims of last year’s accident with a service in Sant’Anastasia Church yesterday, as Hvg.hu reports. Among the victims were students of Szinyei Merse Pál Secondary School of Budapest and adults accompanying them.
The representatives of the involved authorities took part in the church service. Commander Girolamo lacquanti represented the Highway Police which arrived at the scene first. Representatives of the City Council, the Fire Department and the Red Cross were also present. Hungarians living in Verona also took part in the event, who helped with interpretation in the hours and days following the tragedy.
The parson of the Saint’Anastasia Church declared in his speech that Verona will never forget the Hungarian victims and their families who will always be close to him.
Co-workers of the Milanese consulate also appeared on the event. Jenő Csiszár consul-general highlighted in his Italian speech that the whole Hungarian nation mourns the innocent victims of the accident. He expressed his gratitude to the authorities of Verona and the Italian nation for their helpfulness and friendliness. He added that the right response to the parents’ pain is to remember the victims.
A journal in Verona, L’Arena remembered the tragedy saying it deeply connected the cities of Verona and Budapest.
The accident took place last year on the 20th of January before midnight on the Verona section of the A4 motorway in the San Martino Buon Albergo district. The bus was taking the pupils of Szinyei Merse Pál Secondary Grammar School and the adults accompanying them from France to Hungary. In the accident, 16 people lost their lives and one gravely injured died in a Hungarian hospital in March. 26 people were injured in the accident.