Two dead and 18 injured as train ploughs into truck in Italy

Sergio Cunningham
May 24, 2018

The driver of the train is believed to be among those killed.

The crash occurred on a railway line connecting the cities of Turin and Ivrea, according to FS. The passenger, who wasn't identified in the report, said she feared she would die, describing the scene as awful.

The crash derailed three train cars.

The five-carriage train collided with the HGV at around 11:20pm local time on Wednesday evening.

Local police said there were between 40 and 50 people in the train, which was the last one running from Turin to the suburb of Ivrea.

At the time of the accident he was in a van accompanying the heavy goods vehicle, other media reported.

According to ambulance officials, a total of 18 people were injured following the impact, majority not critically. According to La Stampa newspaper, eye witnesses said the vehicle, which was registered in Lithuania, looked to be a particularly large and heavy truck.

Firemen and rescue personnel get to a train that plowed into a big-rig truck that was on the tracks killing the train's engineer and injuring 16 passengers near Turin northern Italy early Thursday
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"Everything happened so fast, I felt the train break suddenly and then I found myself in hell and around me everything was black", survivor Paolo Malgioglio told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

The lorry, said to bear Lithuanian licence plates, had crashed through a barrier and come to a stop on the tracks.

Photos show the train torn apart by the horrifying collision as emergency services desperately attend the crash.

The vehicle had broken through a level crossing and got stuck on the tracks between the towns of Rodallo and Caluso.

Two persons were killed and 18 others injured.

It was the latest in a series of deadly accidents on Italy's rail network.

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