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Two dead and dozens injured as train derails

There were hundreds of people on the train at the time, early on Thursday, many of them commuting for work.

The train was travelling between Cremona, in the Lombardy region, towards Milan’s Garibaldi station.

It derailed at the Pioltello Limito station on the outskirts of Milan at about 7am, emergency services said.

Rescue workers and police officers stand near derailed trains in Pioltello, on the outskirts of Milan, Italy, January 25, 2018
Image:The train carriages came to rest at an angle
Two dead and dozens injured as train derails
Two dead and dozens injured as train derails

Two centre carriages came off the rails, coming to rest at an angle.

The field beside the railway lines is filled with rescue vehicles, Italian news outlet ANSA reported.

Rescue workers have been climbing through the carriages helping passengers to escape.

Cristina Corbetta, an official with the regional emergency services in Milan, told Sky TG24 that about 100 people had suffered minor injuries and 10 had been seriously hurt.

Five or six people are still trapped inside, according to the TV station.

Fire fighters and police officers work around derailed trains in Pioltello, on the outskirts of Milan, Italy, January 25, 2018
Image:The train derailed as hundreds of people were heading to work

The cause of the derailment is not yet clear.

The last major train crash in Italy was in 2016, when 23 people were killed in a two-train collision in Puglia, southeastern Italy.

In 2009, 32 people were killed when a freight train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derailed and exploded in Tuscany.

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