This is the shocking moment a packed commuter train collides with the platform moments before it derailed in a fatal crash.
At least three people were killed when the train came off the track near Milan on Thursday morning, leaving 13 seriously injured and some 100 others with minor wounds.
Now terrifying CCTV footage shows sparks coming from the platform edge and debris flying through the air as the out-of-control train ploughs through a station.
The 10-second clip shows it approaching the station at high speed before violently scraping against the concrete.
Sparks shoot out twice as it zooms past, sending what appears to be pieces of the train sailing past the camera.
A plume of smoke then engulfs the platform.
This is the shocking moment a packed commuter train collides with the platform edge moments before it derailed in a fatal crash around 40km outside Milan on Thursday morning
Terrifying CCTV footage shows sparks coming from the platform edge and debris flying through the air as the out-of-control train ploughs through a station
Sparks shoot out twice as it zooms past, sending what appears to be pieces of the train sailing past the camera
The train was on its way from Cremona to the Garibaldi Port station in Milan when it derailed between Segrate and Pioltello around 7am, according to local media.
At least six people were stuck inside one of the carriages, Rai Radio1 reported, though emergency services have not ruled out that there could be more.
Images show emergency crews climbing inside crumpled carriages which appear to be spattered with blood.
At least three people have been killed and 13 seriously wounded after the horrific incident last week
Emergency crews were working to free at least five people still stuck inside the train, local media reported at the time
The service was on its way from Cremona to the Garibaldi Port station in Milan when it came off the tracks around 7am local time, according to journalists on the scene
Rescuers were photographed trying to help people escape the mangled wreckage of the train after the terrifying crash
A spokesman for Ferrovie dello Stato, the state-owned company which manages Italy’s rail network, confirmed the accident but would not give any further details
An aerial image of the scene, released by fire crews, shows one carriage has bent almost in half after coming off the tracks, while the carriage behind has also derailed and been damaged.
One man on board the train, who spoke anonymously to Il Sole 24ore, said: ‘Everything was fine, suddenly the train began to shake, then there was a roar and the carriages came out of the tracks.’
It is not clear what caused the train, operated by Trenord, to come off the track. The company provoked fury on Twitter when it said the train had suffered a ‘technical problem’.
Firefighters worked to free passengers trapped inside the wreckage of the commuter train outside Milan
Investigators are believed to be looking at whether a fault in the coupling between two carriages could have caused the crash
A spokesman for Ferrovie dello Stato, the state-owned company which manages Italy’s railway infrastructure, confirmed that an accident had occurred in Pioltello, some 40 kilometres from Milan, without giving details.
The train left Cremona at 5.32am headed for Milano Porta Garibaldi, where it was scheduled to arrive at 7.24am.
There would have been hundreds of commuters on board at the time of the accident.
A woman wounded during the train crash is escorted to waiting ambulances by paramedics
Some 100 people are reported to have suffered minor injuries, with emergency crews saying that toll could still rise
The commuter train left Cremona at 5.32am and was due in Milan at 7.24am. About 250 people were thought to be on board
An injured woman is comforted by rescuers at the scene of the crash, which happened between Pioltello-Limito and Segate stations around 7am local time
It is not clear what caused the train to come off the tracks, though operator Trenord blamed a ‘technical fault’ on Twitter
A badly wounded victim of the train crash is evacuated aboard a helicopter from the scene of the crash
Passengers were seen climbing from one carriage which had been badly bent and seemed to be spattered with blood
Other images showed the remains of badly damaged carriages which bear a Trenord logo. The company serves the Lombardy region, transporting 650,000 people per day with 2,200 journeys