Two regional trains have collided head-on in Italy, killing 20 people.
The accident occurred on the single-track line between Andria and Corato, just north of Bari in Southern Italy. The two trains, a Stadler-manufactured FLIRT ETR340 and an Alstom Coradia ELT200, collided head-on at km51, where the maximum speed is posted as 100km/h. The lead coaches of each four-car train were derailed and extensively damaged.
The two trains that were involved were the ET 1023 Central Barletta – Bari Airport and the ET 1018 Airport – Barletta Central, both operated by Ferrotramviaria SpA. The accident occurred at around 11:30 on Tuesday 12 July 2016.
First reports are that 20 people, including one driver, died and another 34 were injured, with at least 20 of those seriously. Conditions for rescuers are difficult as the accident took place in an olive grove in open country under hot sun.
Arriving at the scene, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Graziano Delrio said that the accident was “a terrible tragedy”.
It is not yet clear how the two trains ended up going in opposite directions on the same track. Minister Delrio promised a full enquiry.