Friday, 26 January 2018

A train has derailed near the Italian city of Milan, killing at least three people and injuring more than 100


Fire fighters and police officers work around derailed trains in Pioltello, on the outskirts of Milan, Italy, January 25, 2018

-Rescue workers climb through carriages searching for people trapped in the commuter train after  it derailed near Milan.




-The Trenord commuter service had been travelling from Cremona, in the Lombardy region,  towards Milan's Garibaldi station.

-It was carrying hundreds of people, many of them heading to work, when it derailed at Pioltello  Limito station on the outskirts of Milan at about 7am, emergency services said.

Rescue workers and police officers stand near derailed trains in Pioltello, on the outskirts of Milan, Italy, January 25, 2018


Two centre carriages came off the rails, coming to rest at an angle.

The field beside the railway lines was filled with emergency vehicles, with rescue workers climbing through the carriages helping passengers to escape.


Cristina Corbetta, an official with the regional emergency services in Milan, told Sky TG24 that about 100 people had suffered minor injuries and 10 had been seriously hurt.

Five or six people are still trapped inside the train, according to the TV station.

Rescue workers and police officers stand near derailed trains in Pioltello, on the outskirts of Milan

The cause of the derailment is not yet clear.

Milan police chief Marcello Cardona told the ANSA news agency: "We have identified a failure between wagons, but all the investigations are still under way to clarify the picture."


The last major train crash on Italy's ageing rail network was in 2016, when 23 people were killed in a two-train collision in Puglia.

Firefighters search inside derailed trains in Pioltello, on the outskirts of Milan, Italy, January 25, 2018

In 2009, 32 people died when a freight train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derailed and exploded in Tuscany.

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