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High-speed train derails in Italy killing 2 railway workers

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The wreckage of the locomotive of a high-speed train crammed onto another train on adjacent tracks, as the rest of train is seen in the background, after it derailed. Italy.
The wreckage of the locomotive of a high-speed train crammed onto another train on adjacent tracks, as the rest of train is seen in the background, after it derailed. Italy.   -  
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Italian authorities said that a high-speed passenger train has derailed in northern Italy, killing two railway workers and injuring 27 people.

The train struck another train on tracks near the town of Lodi, said civil protection chief Angelo Borrelli on state radio. One of those dead was a train engineer.

Rai state TV said that the other train involved is a freight train.

Borrelli said the high-speed train departed from Milan at 5:10 am CET and was on its way south. He said two of the injured were in serious condition, while the other 25 were less seriously injured.

The train was travelling at around 180 kilometres per hour when it smashed into the other train.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. It wasn't immediately clear which of two trains the dead railway workers were aboard.

"Everything will be investigated," said Marcello Cardona, the prefect of Lodi. He called the situation grave.

It was the first train of the morning so there were only 28 passengers on board in addition to service crew members.

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A police helicopter flies over an overturned carriage of a high-speed train after the train derailed in the countryside near the town of Lodi, northern Italy.Antonio Calanni/AP Photo
Antonio Calanni/AP Photo
A police officer inspects an overturned carriage of a high-speed train after the train derailed in the countryside near the town of Lodi, northern Italy.Antonio Calanni/AP Photo
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