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Two dead and dozens injured as train derails in Italy

Two dead and dozens injured as train derails in Italyā€¯

The Trenord train derailed near Pioltello Limito station, under 13 miles outside of Milan, at a switch track.

About 100 other people sustained light injuries, Cristina Corbetta, an official with the regional emergency services said.

The investigation is ongoing, but one early hypothesis is that part of the train tracks broke off, sending the wheels of the train's central carriages off the rails.

Firefighters worked for hours on the scene to try to free passengers trapped in the debris, and all rescue operations were completed at around 10 a.m., the Fire Corp stated on Twitter.

According to the reports, fire fighters were seen gathering in the coach trying to evacuate the injured passengers.

RFI said it had detected some structural collapse in the track but that it was still unclear whether this was a cause or a outcome of the accident.

"A little before Pioltello station the train started to vibrate, we realized that something was about to happen", one passenger said.

Helicopters were taking the injured to nearby hospitals.

Italian media quoted witnesses as saying the train began to shake heavily as if it was travelling over rocks.

Local authorities have announced delays in train services.

Rail traffic on the eastbound line out of Milan was suspended following the accident, Italian rail-track company Rete Ferroviaria Italiana said.

June 2009: Freight train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derails in Viareggio, causing a large explosion.



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