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All acquitted in collapse of bell tower during 2016 quake



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.

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