Italy rail crash: Two killed as train smashes into truck stuck on level crossing and carriages derail

Two people have been killed and 18 others injured after a train hit a large truck that was stuck on a railway crossing, causing multiple carriages to derail.

The accident, in which the train driver was killed, happened late on Wednesday in northern Italy close to Turin.

Three of the train’s carriages came off the rails, local television footage showed.

Rescuers worked through the night to make sure no passengers were trapped in the wreckage.

The train smashed into the truck near the town of Caluso at 11.20pm, about 50 minutes after the train began its run from Turin to the suburb of Ivrea.

Several carriages derailed after the crash close to TurinCredit:

"The regional train 10027 Turin-Ivrea hit a heavy goods vehicle that had stopped on a functioning railway crossing after crashing through the barriers," RFI, which manages Italy’s rail network, said in a statement.

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"According to early information, the driver of the train was killed and many other passengers have been injured," the statement added.

According to the AGI news agency, the second victim was taken to a Turin hospital by helicopter with severe injuries, but he did not survive.

Fire crews next to the mangled wreckage of carriages involved in the late-night crashCredit:
Antonio Calanni /AP

At the time of the accident he was in a van next to the heavy goods vehicle, other media reported.

"Everything happened so fast, I felt the train break suddenly and then I found myself in hell and around me everything was black," Paolo Malgioglio, 23, told le Corriere della Sera newspaper.

According to La Stampa newspaper, witnesses said the vehicle, which was registered in Lithuania, was a large and heavy truck.

Derailed train carriages after the crash in Caluso, outside TurinCredit:
Antonio Calanni /AP

The van that was in front of it passed safely through the level crossing but when the barriers started to come down, the vehicle failed to brake in time and came to a stop on the tracks, the newspaper said.

Many other people have been hospitalised, including four who are in a serious condition, local media reported.

AGI said one female passenger was in a serious condition after suffering a head injury, but she remained conscious.

Rescuers worked through the night to check no other passengers were trappedCredit:
 Torino Today/AP

It comes after another accident in April 2017 in the north that killed two people and resulted in the temporary closure of the main railway line between Italy and Austria.

In July 2016 a collision between two trains in the south of Italy left 23 people dead and 52 others injured.

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