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At least 12 dead and dozens injured in train collision in Italy

Train crash horror claims at least 12 lives First footage of fatal Italy train crash, two trains collide in southern Italy,Head on train collision in Italy between Corato and Andria, Italy train collision. Trains collide head-on near Bari.

At least 12 people have been killed, after two trains collided head-on in southern Italy, say firefighters. Dozens of other passengers are reported to have been injured in the crash, near the town of Andria. The four carriage passenger trains, thought to be mainly carrying commuters, collided in the middle of an olive grove in the Puglia region of Italy, a spokesman for the fire brigade said.

Police said the accident happened on a single stretch of track, between the towns of Corato and Andria. Reports said rescue workers were pulling victims from the wreckage, including a small child who was alive. Local police chief Riccardo Zingaro said: “Some of the cars are completely crumpled, and the rescuers are extracting people from the metal, many of them injured.” An aerial image showed train carriages derailed, and badly damaged by the collision, with debris spread out on either side of the track. The Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, said the train crash “is a moment of tears”.

He has cut short a visit to Milan in the north of the country following the accident. “We won’t stop until we get a clear explanation over what happened,” he told reporters.

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