ROME – All seven defendants have been acquitted in the August 2016 collapse of a bell tower in the quake-hit Lazio village of Accumoli that killed a family of four.
The earthquake struck the town on Aug. 24, 201,6 and the bell tower’s collapse killed the Tucci family, consisting of a man, a woman and their two small children.
Local officials were put on trial on charges of possible negligence and manslaughter.
The earthquake hit a series of towns on the borders between Lazio, Umbria, Marche and Abruzzo, causing widespread devastation and killing almost 300 people, most of them in the Lazio town of Amatrice.
All acquitted in collapse of bell tower during 2016 quake