- The accident happened on a rail track in the middle of the countryside near the city of Cari in southern Italy
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has expressed “condolences” to the victims of the disaster and has vowed to find out what led to the horrific accident.
He said: “We will not rest until it is made clear.”
Firefighters are now reportedly saying that at least twenty people have been killed in the train crash in southern Italy and are afraid the death toll would rise.
The crash took place near the town of Andria in the Puglia region.
National police and carabinieri could not immediately provide details about the extent of the incident, though some sources said as many as 20 people had been killed. News agencies said ambulances and the fire service are attending the scene.
At least 20 people have died and dozens injured when two passenger trains ploughed into each other, it has been reported.
The trains crashed head on in southern Italy today, Italian newspaper la Repubblica reported on its website.
No immediate reason was given for the crash, which happened on a rail track in the middle of the countryside, north of the city of Bari in the heel of Italy.
Video taken at the scene shows a derailed carriage tilted on its side and emergency workers and a fleet of ambulances.
More than 200 trains use the line every day and work had been taking place to add an extra line to ensure an collision cannot happen.
This aerial picture shows the sheer scale of the devastation in the Italian countryside.
source : UKMirror