ROME — A commuter train derailed near Milan on Thursday morning, killing at least three people and injuring dozens of others, at least five of them seriously.
The central carriages of the train, operated by the government-owned rail company Trenord, jumped the tracks near the town of Pioltello, about eight miles east of Milan. At least two of the cars struck power poles, and one was badly mangled, bent almost at a right angle.
An official with Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, the company that manages the tracks, said that experts had determined there had been a “structural failure” of the tracks about a mile from where the train had derailed but that it was “premature to say whether that was the cause.”
Luciana Lamorgese, the prefect, or central government administrator, in Milan, told reporters that “investigations were still underway.”
Tiziana Siciliano, the prosecutor put in charge of investigating the accident, said that the train had been “very crowded” and that many of the injured passengers had been taken to Milanese hospitals. Those with lighter injuries were taken to two schools in Pioltello.Read More...
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