Vito Montanaro, director general of the Bari health authority, said 20 people had died and 50 were injured in the crash on single-track near the town of Andria in southern Italy, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Thelocal.it.
Police commander Pasquale Casieri, charged with coordinating the incident’s crisis unit, said there were “a few foreigners among the wounded.”
Eighteen of the 50 reported to be injured are in a critical condition. Hospitals have issued an urgent call for blood donors.
“We need blood group 0,” Giuseppe Corrado, president of Barletta-Andria-Trani province, said. The injured have been taken to hospitals in Andria, Barletta and Bisceglie.
People are still trapped in the wreckage of the crash, which was caused when two four-carriage long trains collided on a stretch of track between the towns of Ruvo di Puglia and Corato on the Bari North line at around 11.30 am.
Families of the passengers are beginning to arrive at the scene of the crash near the town of Andria, near Bari.
The trains were carrying many commuters, students and travellers making their way to Bari’s Palese airport.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi interrupted a speech in Milan to express his grief for the victims of the disaster.