Two young women have died in a car crash after the pair enjoyed a pizza and chat together following months in lockdown.
Claudia Parioli, 20, and Giulia Vangelisti, 21, drove home when their car smashed into another vehicle, which was occupied by construction workers on a main road between Esine and Darfo in Brescia county.
The women were in an Opel car when the Audi A4 coming in the opposite direction smashed into their vehicle.
It is believed the Audi was overtaking at the time although the cause of the accident is still under investigation, according to reports.
Local media also said that the road conditions were wet and both vehicles were travelling at speed at the time which may also have led to the accident.
Five construction workers from Albania and Tunisia and aged between 30 and 40 were on their way home after finishing a week-long job in Livigno.
They have all reportedly been hospitalised in a serious condition while the women in the other vehicle both died at the scene.
According to local media, both vehicles were badly damaged and firefighters had difficulty removing the victims’ bodies.
Claudia Marioli worked in a beauty salon while Giulia Vangelisti was a waitress. They both planned to continue their studies after graduating last year.
Their deaths have shocked residents in the area who described them as “dynamic women who never gave up”.
The investigation continues.
Italy was one of the worst-affected nations in the world and has suffered 33,475 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic was declared.
But, in recent days a top doctor in the country said that Covid-19 no longer “clinically existed there”.