Two dead after high-speed commuter train derails in northern Italy

6 February 2020, 08:52

The two train drivers were killed in the incident
The two train drivers were killed in the incident. Picture: Vigili del Fuoco
Rachael Kennedy

By Rachael Kennedy

A high-speed train has derailed in northern Italy, killing two people and injuring dozens more.

Photos and videos of the scene - near the commune of Casalpusterlengo - show at least one mangled carriage laying on its side while fire fighters survey the area.

Two train drivers were killed in the incident and a further 28 people injured.

The train, which was en route to Bologna, left Milan Central Station at 5:10am local time and derailed around 20 minutes later.

All trains on the line have since been suspended.

Local prefect Marcello Cardona told Ansa news agency that "it could have been carnage" had the train been busier.

Dozens of people were injured
Dozens of people were injured. Picture: Vigili del Fuoco
The train was en route to Bologna
The train was en route to Bologna. Picture: Vigili del Fuoco

He confirmed an investigation had been launched into the crash and that Italy's transport minister Paola Demicheli was on her way to the scene.

According to Ansa, the section of tracks where the carriages derailed were currently under maintenance.

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