Trains crush in Italy: 20 killed and even more injured

Trains crush in Italy: 20 killed and even more injuredTwenty people have been killed and dozens more hurt in a head-on collision involving two passenger trains in southern Italy, reports 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 trying to free passengers from the wrecked carriages near the town of Andria.

"Some of the cars are completely crumpled and the rescuers are extracting people from the metal, many of them injured," Riccardo Zingaro, the chief of the local police in Andria, told ANSA at the scene.Some of the carriages were badly damaged, he said.

Carriages were smashed and crumpled by the head-on collision, with debris spread out on either side of the track.

More than 200 trains use the line every day and work had been taking place to add an extra line to ensure an collision cannot happen.
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