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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hundreds stranded overnight on trains in icy Italy

Hundreds of people were trapped overnight on trains as freezing temperatures and heavy snowfalls in the centre and north of Italy caused widespread disruptions on roads, railways and at airports.

Over 600 people were trapped for seven hours without heating or water when their train juddered to a halt in the Apennines after the electric cables and brakes froze.

Two other trains experienced severe delays overnight, and dozens were cancelled in the Piedmont region. Flights out of Milan were disrupted and Bologna airport closed from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday morning.

An infant died in Messina in Sicily after the car he was in skidded off the road on sheets of water left by torrential rains which have swept the island. A 76-year-old pensioner in Parma died while out sweeping snow. Read More