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Train derailed by landslide in central Italy, 17 injured


10:59, April 09, 2013

ROME, April 8 (Xinhua) - A total of 17 people were injured Monday morning when two compartments of a passenger train veered off the tracks in central Italy due to a landslide, local media said.

The train, which was traveling towards the town of Perugia in the Umbria region, derailed when it impacted a small landslide on the tracks at the exit of a tunnel.

Although the train conductor was able to swiftly brake, he could not avoid the accident, local television quoted railway authorities as saying.

The 17 passengers, mostly commuters and students, were injured but not seriously. Some were rushed to a nearby hospital.

One of the two compartments involved in the accident remained on the tracks while the other was lying on its side, according to media reports.

Police and rescue teams were still working on the spot to ascertain the precise causes of the accident.

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