Dozens dead after Italian passenger trains collide head-on, officials say

ROME, July 12 (UPI) — More than two dozen people died Tuesday and several others injured when two passenger trains carrying four cars collided head-on in Italy’s southern Apulia, or Puglia, region, officials said.

The incident occurred next to olive groves between the towns of Ruvo di Puglia and Corato. Riccardo Zingaro, commander of the Andria city municipal department, confirmed the collision, Sky News reported.

The collision happened around 11:30 a.m. local time Tuesday.

The New York Times and other media reported at least 25 dead late Tuesday.

“We won’t stop until we clarify what happened,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said. “There is an absolute need to understand who is responsible and to shed total light.”

Renzi visited the site of the crash and ordered an official investigation. He also sent Italy’s transportation minister and head of the civil protection agency to the crash scene to jump start the investigation.

The circumstances that led to the collision were not immediately clear.

Italian media reported at least 43 injured.

Health officials have called for blood donors to come forward to assist the treatment of victims.

“It’s so horrible,” a passenger who survived the crash said. “I don’t know how it happened, but in a second, my husband was suddenly two meters away from me.”


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