• Short Summary

    A YOUNG ATHLETE DIED AFTER BEING TRAPPED IN THE WRECKAGE OF TWO TRAINS WHICH COLLIDED IN A TUNNEL ON A SINGLE TRACK IN SICILY.

  • Description

    A YOUNG ATHLETE DIED AFTER BEING TRAPPED IN THE WRECKAGE OF TWO TRAINS WHICH COLLIDED IN A TUNNEL ON A SINGLE TRACK IN SICILY. AFTER NEARLY THIRTY-SIX HOURS OF AGONY, SALVATORE SANTAMARIA DIED WITHIN MINUTES OF BEING FREED, BRINGING THE DEATH TOLL IN THE CRASH TO SEVEN.

    THOUGH SEVEN PEOPLE ARE KNOWN TO HAVE DIED, INCLUDING BOTH TRAIN DRIVERS, THREE PEOPLE ARE STILL MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD. THE TRAINS A PASSENGER TRAIN TRAVELLING FROM PALERMO TO MESSINA, AND A GOODS TRAIN, COLLIDED HEAD ON IN THE TUNNEL WHICH IS ONLY ONE HUNDRED YARDS (90 METRES APPROX) LONG. THE PASSENGER TRAIN IS NORMALLY PACKED WITH WORKERS, BUT ON THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, RAILWAY OFFICIALS ESTIMATE THAT ONLY 60 PEOPLE WERE ON IT.

    RESCUE WORKERS HAD TO SHORE UP THE WALLS OF THE TUNNEL WHICH HAD PARTLY COLLAPSED ONTO THE WRECKED TRAINS, AND THEIR WORK WAS FURTHER HAMPERED BY THE CONFINED SPACE AND OIL FLOWING FROM SHATTERED FUEL TANKS.

    POLICE ARE STILL SEEKING THE STATIONMASTERS OF THE TWO STATIONS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE TUNNEL. THE MEN ARE SAID TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DESPATCHING THE TWO TRAINS ONTO THE SINGLE TRACK, THE ERRORS WHICH APPARENTLY LED TO THE ACCIDENT. NEITHER MAN HAS BEEN SEEN SINCE THE COLLISION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAUMJYBF7ZQBGKA7JHHQP6OH66
    Media URN:
    VLVAUMJYBF7ZQBGKA7JHHQP6OH66
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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