The mayor of Corato in Italy's southern Puglia region where the train crashed said the scene is horrific but that rescue work is ongoing.
Mayor Massimo Mazzilli said rescue workers had just pulled out a passenger alive and were poised to extract a second one.
On his Facebook page, Mazzilli posted photos of the mangled steel trains that collided Tuesday.
He wrote: "It's as disaster, as if an airplane fell. Rescue workers and civil protection is on the scene, but unfortunately there are victims!"
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