23 Killed In Train Collision In Italy

Prayers to the families of those affected by this tragedy in Italy and to all the workers trying to save lives.


Two passenger trains collided head-on in a rural area of southeastern Italy late Tuesday morning, killing at least 23 people, a medical official said, and prompting authorities to ask for blood donations for an unspecified number of injured.

Pictures from the scene in the Puglia region showed both trains were on the same track about 15 kilometers south of the Adriatic Sea, apparently headed toward each other.
Images distributed by firefighters there showed the smashed remains of train cars and a large area of scattered, twisted metal at the impact site about 7 kilometers east of the city of Andria.
One train was headed from Andria to Corato, while the other was headed in the opposite direction, Italian news agency ANSA reported.
At least 23 people were killed, and the number is expected to rise, a medical official at the scene told CNN on condition of anonymity. The official said 22 bodies had been pulled from the wreckage, and one person died in a hospital.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for an investigation into the collision.
“There will be a full inquiry to find out who is responsible for this crash, and what has happened,” Renzi told reporters Tuesday in Milan.
The rescue and recovery effort is ongoing, he added. A hospital in Andria was asking the public for blood donations for the injured through a local news website.
Renzi planned to visit the crash site on Tuesday evening, an Italian government website said.
The state-run rail company FS Group offered condolences and said both trains were operated by the private company Ferrotramviaria SpA, which runs commuter rail services in the area.
“The employees of the Italian FS Group are close to the victims’ families, the wounded and colleagues at Ferrotramviaria,” the FS Group said.
Details on what led to the crash weren’t immediately available. More
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