The crash happened in the town of Casalpusterlengo, some 30 miles southeast of Milan in the north of the country. The train’s two conductors were killed and 28 people were injured, according to the Italian fire brigade.
Emergency teams and firefighters are at the scene of the accident assessing the damage. The Italian state police said it was on site investigating the accident.
According to the Italian Rail Network, the train was en route from Milan to Salerno when it derailed near the Livraga station at around 5:30 a.m. local time.
Train traffic was suspended on the high-speed line in the wake of the accident, and trains on the rest of the regional network were running with severe delays, the Italian Rail Network said.
According to the network’s website, the high-speed line between Milan and Bologna was opened in December 2008. The maximum speed that trains can reach on the line is 300 km/h (186 mph). It is unclear what speed the train was traveling at before the derailing.
The conductors were later named as Giuseppe Cicciu and Mario Di Cuonzo. Italian President Sergio Mattarella tweeted his condolences to their families.
“Let light be quickly shed on this grave accident, in order to guarantee the right of citizens to transport safety,” he added.
Source : Cnn