11 dead in Italy train derailment

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Rome, Italy (CNN) — Eleven people were killed and 20 others injured, five seriously, when a landslide derailed a train in northern Italy Monday, according to Italy’s Civil Protection office.

The train derailed about 9 a.m. (3 a.m. ET) at Castelbello, near the northern city of Bolzano, in the East Alps region, officials said. The incident took place where tracks cross a narrow gorge, police said earlier.

Rescue operations are ongoing, and the number of deaths and injured could change, Italian Transport Minister Altero Matteoli said.

The train was a small diesel train with two carriages, traveling on the Val Venosta line. The railway is one of the region’s newest, inaugurated in 2005.

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