20 killed in Italy train collision

20 killed in Italy train collision
July 12 19:21 2016

Two trains collided head-on in a rural area of southeastern
Italy on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people, a
provincial official said, and prompting authorities to ask for
 blood donations for an unspecified number of injured.
Pictures from the scene in the Puglia region showed both
trains were on the same track about 15 kilometers south of
the Adriatic Sea, apparently headed toward each other.

Images showed the smashed remains of train cars and a
large area of scattered, twisted metal at the impact site
about 7 kilometers east of the city of Andria.
One train was headed from Andria to Corato, while the other
was headed in the opposite direction, Italian news agency
ANSA reported.
Giuseppe Corrado, deputy president of the Barletta-Andria-
Trani province, said at least 20 people were killed.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for an investigation into
the collision.
”There will be a full inquiry to find out who is responsible for
this crash, and what has happened,” Renzi told reporters
Tuesday in Milan.
The rescue and recovery effort is ongoing, he added. A
hospital in Andria was asking the public for blood donations
for the injured through a local news website.

The state-run rail company FS Group offered condolences
and said both trains were operated by the private company
Ferrotramviaria SpA, which runs commuter rail services in
the area.
”The employees of the Italian FS Group are close to the
victims’ families, the wounded and colleagues at
Ferrotramviaria,” the FS Group said.
Details on what led to the crash weren’t immediately