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Two cars have collided on a “dangerous” road in Sicily, Italy, in a crash that killed seven people. Maria Pia Giambona, the latest victim confirmed dead, was a passenger in an Alfa 156 driven by her husband Vincenzo Cipponeri, 44, who died instantly in the crash last night.

The car collided head-on with a Fiat Doblò in which two families from Carini, in the Palermo area were travelling: Matteo Cataldo, 70, his wife Maria Grazia Ficarra, 67, their son Danilo Cataldo, 44, and another couple, Matteo Schiera, 72 years old, and his wife Anna Rosa Romancino, 69 years old, cousins of the Cataldo spouses.

The impact between the two cars was extremely violent according to fire brigade teams from Trapani and Alcamo which worked for a long time to extract the bodies of the people involved.

Carabinieri and Polstrada agents carried out a probe to ascertain the causes of the incident, almost certainly linked to high speed.

The Prosecutor of Trapani has opened an investigation into the incident with the judiciary ordering an autopsy on the drivers of the two vehicles, Vincenzo Cipponeri and Danilo Cataldo. The bodies of the other victims were returned to their families.

The area where the accident occurred is one of the most famous in the Trapani area, known for its crystalline sea and the beach of San Vito lo Capo, meaning the provincial road is very busy, especially on weekends, and is often filled with tourists and day-trippers.

The incident in Sicily is one of the most serious to have occurred this weekend on Italian roads. In other parts of the country, four cars, carrying twelve people, were involved in a collision on the A8 Milan-Varese motorway, between Legnano and the junction with the A9.

One person died and four others were injured, one of them in particularly serious condition. The causes are yet to be established.

Three other people died in motorcycle accidents. In the province of Bari, on the state road 84 that connects Adelfia to Rutigliano, a 54-year-old man died after colliding with a car, according to local media.