Two dead and 18 injured in Italy train crash

The train ploughed into a truck stopped on the tracks near Turin

Two dead and 18 injured in Italy train crash

A fireman walks beside the wreckage of a train that ploughed into a big-rig truck in Caluso, outside Turin, Italy, 24-05-2018. Image: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni

Two people have died and 18 have been injured after a train hit a truck stopped on the tracks near the northern Italian city of Turin, officials have said.

One of those dead was an engineer of the train, which ploughed into the truck near the town of Caluso at 11.20pm local time, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The train had been travelling from Turin to the town of Ivrea.

One of two critically injured people later died in hospital after being taken away from the crash site by helicopter.

According to ambulance officials, a total of 18 people were injured following the impact, most of them not critically.

The wreckage of a train and truck in Caluso, outside Turin, Italy, 24-05-2018. Image: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni

The rig truck driver escaped without injury, according to the Italian news agency, which said the vehicle carried Lithuanian licence plates and was on its way to a nearby warehouse.

The railway barrier had been lowered properly before the train approached, according to the railway operator RFI. It said for unknown reasons the truck had smashed through the barrier and ended up on the tracks.

Three carriages were derailed as a result of the impact.

The scene of the crash in Caluso, outside Turin, Italy, 24-05-2018. Image: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni

ANSA spoke to a young woman who broke her leg in the crash and quoted her as saying she felt as if she was being pushed from behind before falling.

She said she thought she was going to die and described the scene as "terrible."

Rescue workers are continuing to look through the wreckage for any trapped passengers.