At least 3 dead after train derails near Milan

A provisional toll at midday mounted to three victims and five people in critical conditions, Ansa news agency reported citing Milan prefect's office.

Chiara Ambrosio, Milan Deputy Police Chief, told broadcaster SkyTG24 that people were still being pulled out of the wrecked carriages, "it was commuter hour, the train was full". Two carriages came off the rails and came to rest, one of them at nearly a right angle.

The train derailed between Treviglio and Pioltello on the outskirts of the Italian city.

Firefighters have been seen helping dazed passengers from the bloody-spattered carriages in horrific scenes.

Train circulation between Milan and the nearby city of Brescia was halted after the accident, Ferrovie dello Stato said.

The fire brigade is working to rescue those still trapped inside. Three helicopters were deployed on the accident site and one helicopter was patrolling the area to immediately bring the injured to the hospital.

Many of the passengers were traveling to work in Italy's economic capital or were students

It is not yet clear what caused the derailment.

It said the train derailed early on Thursday.

The regional train was enroute from the town of Cremona to the centre of Italy's economic capital.

This was the latest episode in a series of deadly incidents involving Italy's railway network. In 2016, 23 people were murdered when two trains crashed on a solitary track in an olive woods in Puglia, southeastern Italy.

In 2009, 32 people were killed when a freight train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derailed and exploded in Tuscany.

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