A punch to our hearts’: Italian town mourns bus crash victims

A woman cries next to the coffins of victims of a coach crash during their funeral service at the Monteruscello Palasport near Pozzuoli, Italy, on July 30, 2013. Ciro De Luca / Reuters

Thousands of people packed into a sports hall in the Italian town of Pozzuoli on Tuesday to commemorate 38 people who died when a coach plunged 80 feet off a motorway viaduct in one of the worst road accidents in the country's history.

Many of the victims, including numerous young children, came from Pozzuoli, just outside the city of Naples, and many were related, adding to the sense of loss in the sweltering hall where the funeral was held.

"This tragedy has hit everyone. It was a punch to our hearts and affected all of the city," said Salvatore Gritti, who lost a friend in the crash. Read the full story.

Relatives gather around the coffins during a mass funeral on July 30 for the 38 people killed when a coach plunged off a viaduct near Naples. Alberto Pizzoli / AFP - Getty Images
A woman comforts a relative as he cries beside a coffin. Alberto Pizzoli / AFP - Getty Images
The coffin of a victim of a bus crash on the road between Monteforte Irpino and Baiano is carried out of a morgue on July 29. Ettore Ferrari / EPA