6 Killed in Italy Train Explosion

By Jess Kilby,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2009 9:44 PM CDT
6 Killed in Italy Train Explosion
Rescuers work in front of a destroyed building in Viareggio, early Tuesday, June 30, 2009, after a train carrying gas canisters exploded in this northern Italy coastal town.   (AP Photo/Riccardo Dalle Luche)

(Newser) – A train carrying liquefied natural gas derailed in Italy tonight, causing explosions that killed at least six people and injured dozens more, the Times of London reports. The train jumped the tracks as it was leaving the station in the northern town of Viareggio, triggering the explosion of two gas-filled carriages and engulfing nearby homes in flames. Officials say damaged tracks or faulty brakes may have caused the accident.
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