They set up a field hospital at the scene to help care for the large number of wounded passengers. “Some of the cars are completely crumpled and the rescuers are extracting people from the metal, many of them injured,” Riccardo Zingaro, the chief of the local police in Andria, told to the media. The mayor Massimo Mazzill of Corato, site of the head-on train crash in Italy’s southern Puglia region, says the scene is horrific.
Authorities have appealed for blood donations, calling the situation “dramatic”. Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, asked not to stop until the cause of the crash will be determined. He returned to Rome to monitor the situation. A local prosecutor in nearby Trani said it was too early to speculate on the cause.