Passenger train head on collision in Southern Italy

Published on : Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Italy train crash finalThe picture perfect locality of Southern Italy has been marred by head-on collision of two passenger trains. According to the latest reports, 27 people have been killed and more than 50 people were injured. The officials feared that the that the death toll can rise. The final numbers would not be known until the train cars had been pulled apart; a giant crane arrived at the scene to remove the mangled debris.


The accident happened on a rail track in the middle of the countryside near the city of Bari in southern Italy, approximately 15 kilometers south of Adriatic Sea, around 11.30 am (local time).


One train was headed from Andria to Corato, while the other was coming in the opposite direction.


Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised a full enquiry to find out who was responsible for the crash. He met with officials in the region Tuesday afternoon and pledged support. His transport minister, Graziano Delrio, as well as local prosecutors were at the scene.


The trains were operated by private railway company Ferrotramviaria — just one of the 30 or so private companies which run on small lines criss-crossing Italy’s network in areas not covered by national operator Trenitalia.


No immediate reason for the crash has been reported.


Survivors described being thrown forward violently and then freeing themselves from a tangle of metal and body parts after two Italian commuter trains collided head-on Tuesday.


Pope Francis sent a telegram to the archbishop of Bari, Monsignor Fracnesco Cacucci, saying he shared in the pain of so many families. He said he was mourning those who died and praying for the injured to recover quickly.


Many of the passengers on one of the trains were students heading to lessons at the University of Bari or travellers on their way to Bari international airport.


Relatives looking for news of their loved ones were being directed to a sports stadium in Andria. The crisis unit said there were a few foreigners among the injured. Local hospitals issued a request on social networks for blood donors to come forward to help the injured. Paramedics set up an impromptu medical centre among the olive trees, with three helicopters airlifting out the most seriously hurt victims.




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