October 21, 2016

Italian Prime Minister Renzi Visits Puglia Train Crash Site

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renz

Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, has visited the site where at least twenty-five people died in a head-on collision between two passenger trains.

Many more people are injured and some are in a critical condition. Local authorities have appealed for people to give blood.

Prime Minister Renzi has ordered an official investigation in to the crash, which happened on Tuesday morning (12).

The trains were on a single-track line between the towns of Bari and Barletta.

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 Puglia.

Rescue workers from the emergency services have been trying to free passengers from the shattered carriages and one small child was pulled out and airlifted to hospital.

Prime Minister Renzi said it was “a moment for tears”.

He said “I want to express my condolences to the families and I have ordered, with no holding back, an inquiry to find who is responsible.

“I think we must have absolute clarity on this. We will not stop until we understand what happened.”

Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella said the crash was “an unacceptable tragedy” and his “first thought” was with victims and their families.

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