: Sunday June 4, 2000
Freight trains in head-on collision
Two freight trains collided in northern Italy early today (June 4) killing 5 people. One other was seriously injured.
The accident occurred at 03:45 (local time) near Solignano on the line between Parma and La Spezia. According to a Ferrovie spokesperson, one of the trains may have failed to stop at a red signal.
Six people, all employees of Ferrovie dello Stato (Italian State Railways) were travelling in the trains. Two were returning to their depot after completing their shifts
This is the third accident to have occurred on the line recently. In October 1999 a freight train collided with a commuter train injuring twenty people. In February this year, two freight trains crashed slighly injuring the drivers.
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- Web sources:
- Five killed in Italian rail accident
ABC 05 Jun 2000
- At Least Three Dead in Italy Freight Train Crash
Yahoo 04 Jun 2000
- Freight trains collide in Italy
BBC Online 04 Jun 2000
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