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Italy Mudslide Derails Train, killing 12, injuring 25

Posted by feww on April 12, 2010

A landslide derails a train in Castebello, north Italy, killing at least 12 people, injuring 25 more

At least 4 of the injured were reported to be in a critical condition.

The accident occurred close to the  town of Merano, a famous winter sports resort, near the Austrian border.

According to a report a damaged irrigation pipe had saturated the mountainside, triggering a collapse, which led to the disaster.

The railway line, which runs along the Adige river, is said to be one of the newest in Italy inaugurated only 5 years ago.

A wagon of the derailed train, thrown off its tracks by a landslide, was left hanging precariously several meters over the Adige river as firefighters used cables to prevent it from falling down the mountainside, ANSA said. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

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