A high-speed train traveling from Milan to the southern city of Salerno derailed early on Thursday near the northern Italian city of Lodi.
Two people, rail workers, were killed. Other two suffered significant but not life-threatening injuries. The crash occurred just after 5.30am local time. Those high-speed trains run at 300 km/h. The engine. which left the tracks some 40km (25 miles) from Milan hit a freight wagon on a parallel track before running into a building and was separated from the rest of the train. There were 28 passengers on the train. Some of them received minor injuries. Two helicopters, hundreds of firemen, police and other authorities descended at the scene. Lodi’s prefect, Marcello Cardona, said none of the survivors’ injuries were life-threatening. “It could have been a lot worse,” he added.
Dozens of trains were cancelled and others re-routed. The train derailed “by a railroad switch that should have been placed in a certain position but wasn’t,” said Domenico Chiaro, Lodi’s prosecutor, during a news conference. Italy’s interior minister has been informed and a prosecutor was sent to the scene. Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, said: “We are greatly saddened by the two deaths, the two rail workers, and we express our solidarity with the families.”