Italian train derails, kills two

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Train derails. BBC photo

A commuter train carrying hundreds of people has derailed in northern Italy, killing two and injuring at least 10.

State train firm Ferrovie dello Stato said in a statement a regional train, operated by Trenord, derailed at the Pioltello Limito station, some 40 kilometers from Milan, without giving details on potential casualties.

It said the train derailed early on Thursday.

Two cars peeled off the rails and came to rest at an angle.

Rescue crews gingerly climbed through them, helping the passengers to escape.

The accident happened early Thursday as people headed into Milan at the start of the work day, AP report.

BBC also reported that the Trenord train was heading to Milan from Cremona, in northern Italy.

It is not yet clear what caused the crash. It happened just before 07:00 (06:00 GMT).

Firefighters are trying to free several people trapped in one carriage, between the stations of Treviglio and Pioltello, Italy’s Rai news reports.

In its tweet, Daily Mail also confirmed the death of two persons in the accident.

Italy has a worrying history of train accidents.

According to BBC, 23 people were killed and dozens hurt in a head-on collision involving two passenger trains in southern Italy on July 12, 2016.

A train crash in which 23 died in 2016

The two trains were on a single-track line at the time of the crash, between the coastal towns of Bari and Barletta.

It was unclear what led to the collision, which happened in good weather at 11:30 local time (09:30 GMT) in the southern region of Puglia.

June 2009: Freight train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derails in Viareggio, causing a large explosion. More than 30 people die

January 2005: A head-on collision between a passenger and a freight train near Crevalcore kills 17

July 2002: A passenger train derails in Rometta Messina, killing eight people

April 1978: Two trains collide near a ravine next to Murazze Vado. Some of the carriages fall into the gorge, killing 42

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