Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Serious Train Explosion in Italy

Lethal LPG Tank Accident Causes Fatalities
Shipping News Feature

ITALY - At least 19 people were killed and some 50 others injured after a freight train carrying Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) derailed in northern Italy causing the gas tanks to explode and destroy nearby homes. The accident occurred in the town of Viareggio when one carriage derailed, pulling four more after it, at just before midnight local time.

The gas escaped and caught fire, resulting in a large explosion which caused two buildings nearby to collapse, killing several people. About 1,000 people had to be evacuated after the blast as the fire spread down city streets, setting cars and nearby buildings alight. Many of those injured have suffered burns as a result.

Police at the scene state that they believe the incident to have been caused by either damage to the tracks or a fault with the trains braking system.