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20 dead, dozens injured as trains collide head-on near Bari, Italy

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Baku, July 12, AZERTAC 

At least 20 people have been killed and dozens injured in a head-on collision between two trains in the south of Italy, a regional official has announced. Emergency services are already at the scene trying to treat the injured, according to Russia Today.

“There are many dead,” said the head of the Andria police department Riccardo Zingaro. “There was a head-on collision on a single-track and some of the carriages are completely crumpled. The rescuers are pulling people from the wreckage,” he added, as cited by La Repubblica.

The incident took place near the city of Bari on Italy’s Adriatic coast, between the rural towns of Andria and Corato. Upon arriving at the site, the mayor of Corato Massimo Mazzilli said, "It looks like there has been a plane crash."

The death toll has been rising since the accident took place with Giuseppe Corrado, the deputy head of the local province saying that 20 people had passed away. He also made an appeal for blood donors to go to local hospitals.

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