Italy train crash: 20 killed

Italy train crash: 20 killed

Two trains have collided head-on in southern Italy, killing at least 20 people and injuring many more.

They collided in an olive grove in countryside between Andria and Corato in the Puglia region, close to the so-called heel of Italy.

The line has only a single track and it is thought the crash was due to either a signalling error or a mistake by one of the drivers, both of whom are thought to have been killed.

A seven-year-old boy was rescued from the wreck of one of the trains and airlifted to hospital by helicopter. Italian reports said one of the trains had come from Andria, and the other from Corato, a short distance to the south-east. Both were travelling at high speed.

Italy’s deadly train accidents

June 2009: Freight train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derails in Viareggio, causing a large explosion. More than 30 people die

January 2005: A head-on collision between a passenger and a freight train near Crevalcore kills 17

July 2002: A passenger train derails in Rometta Messina, killing eight people

April 1978: Two trains collide near a ravine next to Murazze Vado. Some of the carriages fall into the gorge, killing 42