At least 20 people have been killed, and dozens more are injured, following a head-on collision, between two passenger trains, in southern Italy.
Twenty people have been killed and dozens more hurt in a head-on collision involving two passenger trains in southern Italy, officials say.
The two trains were on a single-track line at the time of the crash, between the coastal towns of Bari and Barletta. Emergency services are still at the scene, attempting to free passengers from the wrecked carriages, near the town of Andria.
“I think there are many dead,” local police chief Riccardo Zingaro told Rai TV.
Some of the carriages were extensively damaged, he said. There are fears the number of deaths could rise still further.
One of those rescued from the wreckage was a small child who was airlifted to hospital.
It was unclear what led to the collision, which happened in good weather at 11:30 local time (09:30 GMT) in the southern region of Apulia.
A local prosecutor in nearby Trani said it was too early to speculate on the cause, although human error was likely to have been a factor.