At least two people have died and 20 have been injured, three of them serious, in the derailment of a regional train that covered the route between Turin and Aosta, in northeastern Italy , The incident occurred after the convoy collided with a heavy-duty truck that crossed a level crossing despite the fact that acoustic and visual signals alerted of the imminent arrival of the train.
The impact produced by the derailment of two wagons and the locomotive at the height of the town of Caluso, around 23.30. According to the first reconstruction, the large truck carrying containers, with Lithuanian license plate, crossed the level crossing even though the arrival of the train was notified. The machinist triggered the brake but the impact was inevitable, various media reported.
“At 23.20 (21.20 GMT), the regional train 10027 Turin-Ivrea collided with a heavy-load vehicle that, after having crossed the barriers of a level crossing that worked, stopped on the rails, according to the first information, the driver of the train died and several passengers were injured “, indicated in a statement the managing company of the Italian railways, RFI.
The deceased is the machinist of the Roberto Madau train, 61, and a technician who was traveling in another vehicle that escorted the truck. Another person, a passenger, is in serious condition with a head injury but would be aware, according to the same source.
Ferrocarriles del Estado has reported that 40 people were trapped on the train and were taken out during the night. The driver of the truck that has been unharmed has been given a statement and has been subjected to a breathalyzer test.
One of the persons of the escort of the truck, obligatory when they are of great dimensions, explained to the newspaper La Repubblica that the vehicle began to cross the level crossing when the traffic light turned red and that it warned him to back down, but in that moment he lowered the barrier and got stuck.