A prepare collides with staff on the tracks at an Italian station, killing 5

A train collides with workers on the tracks at an Italian station, killing 5 people

Rome (AFP) – An out-of-service rushing prepare crashed right into a personnel doing night time upkeep work in northern Italy on Thursday, killing 5 of them, authorities stated.

The accident occurred shortly after midnight at a station in Brandizzo, a city within the Italian area of Piedmont. Piedmont Governor Alberto Serio gave the dying toll and stated the reason for the accident was beneath investigation.

Brandizo Mayor Paolo Bodoni stated there have been indications the prepare crew had been unaware of staff on the tracks, La Stampa newspaper reported, in the principle metropolis of Turin in Piedmont.

Firefighters and gendarmes stand at Brandizo train station where five railway workers died after being hit by a train during overnight maintenance work.
Firefighters and gendarmes stand at Brandizo prepare station the place 5 railway staff died after being hit by a prepare throughout in a single day upkeep work.

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State radio initially stated that authorities estimated the prepare was transferring at about 160 kilometers per hour (100 mph). However Corriere della Sera newspaper stated an preliminary investigation by the railway police had lowered the velocity estimate to round 100 kilometers per hour (about 62 mph).

Corriere della Sera newspaper stated the prepare consisted of a motorized carriage and 11 empty passenger carriages it was carrying.

“There was positively human error,” stated Transport and Infrastructure Minister Matteo Salvini.

“The primary data I obtain signifies an absence of communication between the (responsibility) group and whoever ought to have despatched the prepare sign, however we have to know what actually occurred,” Bodoni was quoted as saying.

La Stampa stated two staff who averted being hit had been being handled for shock in hospital.

Italian media reported that varied unions representing prepare upkeep staff had pledged to prepare a strike to protest the accident and commemorate the victims.

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