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Today Marks the 3rd Anniversary of the Train Crash Livraga

Today Marks the 3rd Anniversary of the Train Crash Livraga
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06 / 02 / 2023

Today marks the third anniversary of the crash of the Frecciarossa 1000 in Livraga.

The Frecciarossa 9595 was a connection operated by Trenitalia every weekday, departing from Milano Centrale station at 5:10 am and arriving in Salerno at 11:27 am. On Thursday 6 February 2020, the service was operated with the Frecciarossa 1000 train no. 21.

The train left Milano Centrale on time, with 33 people on board (28 passengers and five crew members), and after passing through the Melegnano station, reached a speed of around 290 km/h and arrived, at 5:34 a.m., at the Livraga movement station, located in the municipality of the same name in the province of Lodi, at km 166+252 on the Milan-Bologna high-speed line.

Near turnout number 5, intended to connect the high-speed tracks (of correct layout) with those of the movement post, which are used as shelter tracks for RFI maintenance vehicles, the train derailed at a speed of about 298 km/h.

The lead unit broke away from the rest of the train and went completely off the track, rotating 180° and ending up first against some maintenance vehicles stationed on a sheltered track, to the left of the running track, and finally, after breaking through a fence, lying on its side near the Livraga movement post control building.

One of the bogies, detached from the box, partially knocked down one of the perimeter walls of the same building.

The rest of the convoy continued its journey for a short distance off the track, between the high-speed track and another service track. After a few hundred metres, carriage two partially overturned, blocking the travel of the remaining units of the convoy.

The accident caused the death of the two train drivers and the injury of 31 people on board, who were taken to hospitals in Castel San Giovanni, Codogno, Crema, Cremona, Lodi, Melegnano, Piacenza and Pavia and to the Humanitas hospital in Rozzano.

The victims were the two train drivers, Giuseppe Cicciù, 51, and Mario Di Cuonzo, 59.