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Freight train derails, kills 13 in Italy

Freight train derails, kills 13 in Italy

A rail car filled with liquefied natural gas exploded when a freight train derailed in the middle of a small Italian town, setting off an inferno that killed at least 13 people and injured 50 others, officials said yesterday. The rear of the train plowed into a residential neighborhood just outside the rail station in the Tuscan seaside town of Viareggio, and the resulting explosion collapsed at least two buildings and set fire to a vast area.
"The condition of the bodies is such that it will be very difficult to identify them," said Raffaele Gargiulo, a police spokesman in the nearby city of Lucca, which is in charge of the smaller town of Viareggio.
Videos uploaded on YouTube showed a huge plume of fire and smoke towering above Viareggio's low houses. Images from the scene showed an inferno raging in the night, consuming buildings and cars.
"It's an impressive scene, there are dozens and dozens of cars hit by the shock wave and collapsed houses," said firefighters spokesman Luca Cari.
The incident may have been caused by damage to the tracks or a problem with the train's braking system.


Updated : 2021-05-06 19:14 GMT+08:00