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Italy: 4 Die in 'Football Special' fire

  : Monday, May 24, 1999
Four Italian football fans died when a special train carrying them home from a match burst into flames in a tunnel near
Italian train fire
A burnt-out carriage from the 'football special'
Salerno.

The 13 coach train was passing through a 6 mile long tunnel when one of the carriages caught fire. Italian state railway authorities have stated that the fire was caused when one of the fans had set-off a smoke-bomb.

The special train was carrying about 1100 supporters of Salernitana after seeing their team draw 1 - 1 in a match in which the team hoped to avoid relegation to the second division. The train was travelling from Piacenza, about 460 miles from Salerno.

The football match had been marred by the rowdy behaviour of fans of both teams. The disappointed fans continued this behaviour on the train according to Italian sources.

The fire was the second on a football train in as many weeks. Last week, a train carrying Lazio fans caught fire close to Florence.

Piacenza was the site of a major rail accident in 1997 involving one of Italy's high-speed pendolino trains.

Sources:   AP; CNN Interactive; BBC; Go News


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