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Track failure investigated in Milan derailment

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Italian authorities are reported to be investigating whether a track fault caused this morning’s train crash near Milan, which killed at least three people and  left more than 100 injured.

A busy commuter train derailed at a switch track near the Pioltello Limito station 13km outside Milan at 7am this morning (Thursday 25 January). Train company Trenord confirmed the train had been travelling from Cremona to Milano Porta Garibaldi station at normal speed when the last three carriages overturned.

Italian news agency Ansa reported technicians with Rete Ferroviaria Italia (RFI), the body responsible for track infrastructure, had discovered “a structural failure of about 20cm of track”. It is not yet known whether the damage is a cause or effect of the derailment.

According to Reuters, RFI regional director Vincenzo Macello told reporters at the scene: “The rail track collapse was detected 2.3km before the spot of the accident, just before the Pioltello platform… but it is premature to establish the dynamics of the accident.”

RFI said it is investigating the incident. Police experts from the Rail Incident Operations Unit were at the scene this morning.

The fire department, Corpo Nazionale Del Vigli Del Fuoco, confirmed it had inspected the site. Milan’s public prosecutor has opened an investigation into the derailment.

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