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Passenger Train Accident in Italy Kills At Least 12, Injures Dozens More

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 12, 2016

Passenger Train Accident in Italy Kills At Least 12, Injures Dozens More

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On Monday, two passenger trains in Southern Italy were involved in a head-on collision that killed at least 12 people and left dozens more injured.

According to, the two trains were on a single-track line between the Italian coastal towns of Bari and Barletta when they collided at around 11:30 a.m. local time in the southern region of Apulia.

With good weather reported at the time of the crash, it was immediately unclear what caused the crash.

Reports from Italy revealed both trains had been traveling at high speed when the collision occurred, and photos from the scene show the passenger cars heavily damaged with debris spread out over a large area.

FoxNews shared an image of the crash on Twitter:

Emergency teams arrived at the scene and began rescuing passengers from the wreckage, including a small child who was airlifted to hospital. With the amount of damage to both trains, local police chief Riccardo Zingaro told local media that he fears the number of deaths could rise.

To help the injured passengers, rescue teams and emergency personnel set up a field hospital at the scene of the crash. In addition, local Mayor Massimo Mazzilli said the damage in the area was so extensive that it looked more like a plane crash than a train accident.


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