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Two killed, many injured in a regional train crash in Italy

Two people died and 18 were injured when a regional train crashed into a truck in the northern Italian region of Piedmont,Italy, after the truck had broken through a level crossing and got stuck on the tracks between the towns of Rodallo and Caluso late Wednesday.

Around 40 to 50 people were onboard the regional train. Rescue teams had been on the scene searching for any trapped passengers. Some of the injured were hospitalized in serious condition. The Red Cross treated other victims at the scene. The vehicle, which was registered in Lithuania, was a large and heavy truck."The regional train 10027 Turin-Ivrea hit a heavy goods vehicle that had stopped on a functioning railway crossing after crashing through the barriers," RFI, which manages Italy's rail network, said in a statement.

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The drivers of both the train and a vehicle accompanying the HGV, which was carrying an exceptional load, were killed. Three of the train's carriages came off the rails, local television footage showed. It is unknown why or how the truck made its way onto the train tracks. Authorities were investigating the site. It was the latest in a series of deadly accidents on Italy's rail network.In July 2016 a collision between two trains in the south of Italy left 23 people dead and 52 others injured.

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