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Thirty-three to stand trial over Italian rail disaster

Thirty-three people have been sent to trial over a gas train explosion in Viareggio, Tuscany, in which 32 people died.

Thirty-three to stand trial over Italian rail disaster
The Viareggio rail disaster happened in 2009. Photo: AFP
Among them is Mauro Moretti, the CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato, the state-run railways firm. He faces charges of manslaughter and responsibility for causing a rail disaster.
 
One of Italy's worst rail disasters, the accident happened after a freight train carrying liquid gas derailed and caught fire in the railway station of the seaside town on 29th June 2009.
 
The accident is thought to have been caused by a broken axle.  

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Family killed as tanker explodes in Italy motorway crash

Six people including two children were killed on Tuesday in an explosion on a motorway in northern Italy, when a family car was shunted into a petrol tanker, police and media reports said.

Family killed as tanker explodes in Italy motorway crash
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Five of the victims — three adults and the children — were travelling together in the car, a Kia, which had a French numberplate according to reports.

The crash happened after a lorry shunted the car, sending it into the back of the tanker, which exploded.

The lorry driver was killed, while the tanker driver escaped alive, reports said.

Police footage showed firefighters tackling the vast blaze on the motorway in Brescia, hampered by fierce flames and a column of thick black smoke which could be seen for miles.