At least forty people are thought to have been injured in a train crash in central Italy, a dozen of them seriously. There is conflicting information about the fate of one victim who is reported to have died. The crash happened in the station of Roccasecca, some 100 kilometres south of the capital Rome, shortly after 3 p.m.
A train coming from Rome apparently crashed into another one which was stationary. Many of the passengers were students heading home to southern Italy for the Christmas holidays. The exact number of casualties remains unclear. It is not clear either what caused the crash. In January this year, seventeen people were killed in a collision between a passenger train and a freight train north of Bologna. It was Italy’s worst train accident in twenty five years, and raised controversy over the state of Italy’s train system.