At least three people dead and around 10 fatally injured after a packed commuter train has derailed near Milan, a northern Italian city.
A few groups of emergency evacuation team have been deployed to rescue people from the wreckage of the carriages which derailed next to the Pioltello Limito station in the morning rush hour.
The Italian authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident.
Witnesses told the authorities that the train trembled for a few minutes before the accident took place.
The Trenord train, carrying approximately 250 people, was heading to Milan’s Porta Garibaldi station from Cremona when it derailed at around 7 am local time.
A spokesperson for Trenord said the train was traveling at normal speed when the accident happened.
The accident forced services in the area to be halted for hours.
Italian media reported that the victims are all women, even though the identities of the victims have not yet been disclosed.
“A train can derail for only two reasons, either through a structural collapse of the track or a collapse of the train. This is the first thing that needs to be cleared up,” said Raffaele Cattaneo, president of the regional council.
RFI, which manages the rail network, said there was a fracture in the track, but it is still unclear whether that was the cause or the consequence of the accident.
Vincenzo Macello, regional director of RFI, said the rail track collapse was detected 2.3 km before the spot of the accident, but it is premature to conclude the dynamics of the accident.
More details to follow. Image 1 of the crashed train from ABC.