OVADA, Italy (AP) _ A bus carrying more than 55 elderly Italian tourists plunged from a rain- slicked bridge Wednesday, killing 16 people and injuring about 30, authorities said.
The bus fell about 100 feet, said highway police near Ovada, about 60 miles southwest of Milan.
The bus company told the Italian news agency ANSA the accident may have occurred because the 31-year-old driver, who died in the crash, suffered a sudden, unspecified illness.
An official in Ovada said bad weather may have been the cause.
″At the moment of the accident, it was raining cats and dogs,″ he said. ″The road was really wet.″
The bus was carrying elderly people from the coastal town of Albissola to Novara, in northern Italy.