Family vacation turns into tragedy as horrific car crash kills couple and 15-year-old son
Two cars were involved in the crash, a Toyota Yaris and a Fiat Panda, which ended up on the side of the road
PIEDMONT, ITALY: Three members of the same family lost their lives in a tragic car accident while on holiday in Italy. Britons Antonino Marsala, 40, his wife Raffaella Marsala, 32, and their son Lorenzo, 15, were involved in a road collision in Piedmont, located northwest of the country. The deceased were living in Bedford but are originally from Calamonaci, in the Italian province of Agrigento.
The accident occurred on the Ivrea-Santhià link road that connects the A4 Turin-Milan motorway with the A5 Turin-Aosta, on the border between the provinces of Biella and Turin. Two cars were involved in the crash, a Toyota Yaris and a Fiat Panda, which ended up on the side of the road. According to Daily Mail, the Marsala family were traveling in the Fiat Panda towards Santhià and all died upon impact. Four people traveling in the Toyota Yaris were all seriously injured and transported by helicopter to a hospital in Novara.
Antonino, who was an MOT tester at Vindis and Raffaella and used to work at the Toby Carvery in Goldington Road, was beloved by his customers. He was a former pupil at St Thomas More Catholic School in Tyne Crescent before studying at Bedford College.
According to sources, the Mayor of Calamonaci, Pino Spinelli, published a message of condolence on social media. He said the deceased family was "returning from England to Sicily, for a period of vacation, to meet their relatives again and on the occasion of the forthcoming feast of San Vincenzo Ferreri." He continued, "I am very saddened and impressed by what has happened. The Marsala family had lived in England for some time, but in Calamonaci, they still had many relatives, family and friends. From what I learned, they had decided to return to Calamonaci, in these days, precisely to attend the traditional festival dedicated to our patron, San Vincenzo Ferreri, which we are preparing to live after three years of pandemic and restrictions that have not allowed us."
Spinelli added, "I extend my heartfelt condolences to this family destroyed by pain in this moment of terrible anguish. In my name and in the name of the municipal administration of Calamonaci that I preside, we are united with them with prayer and with the solidarity of human and fraternal closeness. Misfortunes like this are astonishing and should never happen. May the Lord welcome them into his arms." Investigations are ongoing in Italy to determine what caused the accident.