Train plows into truck stuck on tracks in Italy; 1 dead

24 May, 2018, 15:56 | Author: Gregg Anderson
  • Firefighters and rescue personnel work at the site of a train crash in Caluso outside Turin

Emergency services said the drivers of both the train and the heaavy goods vehicle (HGV) that is smashed into were killed.

Two persons were killed and several others left injured after a train got derailed in Italy early on Thursday, Italian media reported.

The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. local time after the train hit a cargo truck near Turin, according to several local media outlets. The passenger, who wasn't identified in the report, said she feared she would die, describing the scene as bad.

One of the injured was reported to be a crew member, while the rest were passengers.

Local police said there were between 40 and 50 people in the train, which was the last one running from Turin to the suburb of Ivrea.

Map locating a train crash in Italy
Train plows into truck stuck on tracks in Italy; 1 dead

The locomotive and two of the three carriages went off the rail, knocking down a power pole.

Paolo Malgioglio, 23, a passenger on the train, who was uninjured, told the Corriere della... According to La Stampa newspaper, eye witnesses said the vehicle, which was registered in Lithuania, looked to be a particularly large and heavy truck. The van that was in front of it passed safely through the level crossing but when the barriers started to come down, the vehicle failed to brake in time and came to a stop on the tracks, the newspaper said.

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One of two critically injured people later died in hospital after being taken away from the crash site by helicopter.

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