Commuter Trains Collide In Tuscany, 3 Reported Killed
AREZZO, Italy (AP) _ Two trains collided head-on Tuesday near this Tuscan city, and authorities said three people were killed and 60 were injured - including six foreigners.
Transport Minister Carlo Bernini said he suspected an error by rail employees caused the crash. But he maintained that the commuter rail line is safe.
Two of the injured - a Spanish woman and a man from the Dominican Republic - were hospitalized in very serious condition, said Dr. Vincenzo Capria, head of intensive care at Arezzo’s hospital.
The other injured foreigners were three Australians and a Scottish woman. No U.S. citizens were reported injured.
Two of the dead were crewmen aboard the commuter trains and a third was an Italian passenger, Italian news agencies reported.
The crash occurred on the rail line linking Arezzo, about 40 miles southeast of Florence, to the small town of Sinalunga.
Workers from a chemical plant near the crash site were the first people to try to rescue victims, state television reported.
At least one of the bodies was put in a coffin while aboard the train. TV footage showed passengers’ scattered belongings, including a woman’s shoe.
State-owned RAI television reported the train coming from Arezzo was running late and that apparently the train from Sinalunga should have waited for it to arrive at a nearby station before pulling out.
″For the moment, we can only think it was a human error,″ Alberto Brandani, a railway official, was quoted as saying by the Italian news agency ANSA.