Italy: 27 killed in train collision in southern Italy

13th Jul 2016
Italy: 27 killed in train collision in southern Italy

By Baris Seckin

 

ROME, (AA): At least 27 people have been killed Monday in a collision between two commuter trains in the Puglia region, in southern Italy, the country’s main news agency reported.

The crash took place between the districts of Corato and Andria, leaving at least 27 people dead and 50 others wounded according to initial reports, Italian news agency ANSA said.

“The situation is dramatic,” vice president of the Puglia region, Antonio Nunizante, was quoted as saying by ANSA.

Both trains were on the same track about 15 kilometers (9 miles) south of the Adriatic Sea, apparently headed toward each other.

Several passengers are said to still be stuck inside the trains, reported the news agency.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised a full inquiry to find out who was responsible. He met with officials in the region Tuesday afternoon and pledged support, he told reporters in Bari on Tuesday evening.
“My thoughts go to the families of the victims,” he said. “We are together in this pain and despair.”

*Anadolu Agency correspondent Ahmet Sait Akcay contributed to the report from Ankara.

Additional Reporting by The Muslim News

 

[Photo: Map of Italy showing Puglia Region. By Gigillo83 for Public Domain]

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