AFP: Italy motorway chief cleared of deadly 2013 bus crash11 January 2019 | 14:03 | FOCUS News Agency
Prosecutors had called for Giovanni Castellucci to be jailed for 10 years for failing to maintain a guard rail corroded by salt which allowed the coach to plunge 30 metres (100 feet) in one of Europe's worst road accidents.
"Shame! This isn't justice!" victims' relatives shouted as the verdict was read out at the courtroom in Avellino, Italian media reported.
The tourist bus, which was carrying around 50 people, rammed several cars after failing to brake on a bend near Avellino, in the south.
It then smashed through the safety rail of a viaduct and plunged into the void.
The US-imported Jersey concrete barrier, corroded by salt used to keep the road ice-free in winter months, shattered on impact, leaving the bus to sail over the edge.
Autostrade, which runs almost half of Italy's motorway network, has come under huge pressure since a bridge it maintained in Genoa collapsed in August, killing 43 people.
Castellucci is under investigation for the collapse of the Morandi bridge, which had suffered from structural problems for decades, prompting severe criticism from engineering experts.
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