Death toll from Italy coach crash climbs to 39

ROME, Latium - A teenage girl died Tuesday of her injuries suffered in a coach crash in Italy last month, bringing the number of people killed to 39, local media reported.

The 16-year-old, whose father and sister died in the July 28 crash, had been hospitalised in Naples in southern Italy, close to where the accident happened.

Her mother, who was also on the coach, is recovering in hospital but on Tuesday refused further treatment until she is united with her husband and daughters, not knowing they are dead, the reports said.

The coach, carrying 48 people including children, rammed several cars on a busy dual carriageway after failing to break on a bend, before smashing through a crash barrier and plunging 30 metres (100 feet) over the edge of a viaduct.

Italian prosecutors are investigating the owner of the vehicle and two people who work for the highway service company Autostrade for possible manslaughter after the crash, one of Europe's worst road accidents.

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