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At least two people have been killed and 10 seriously injured after an eight-car passenger train derailed on the outskirts of Milan, Italy.

Fire fighters and police officers work at the scene in Pioltello © Reuters Fire fighters and police officers work at the scene in Pioltello

A fire official speaking at the city’s control room put the death toll at between three and five, but this has yet to be confirmed.

A fire official speaking at the city’s control room put the death toll at between three and five, but this has yet to be confirmed.As many as 100 more are said to have been hospitalized with minor wounds, according to La Stampa.

Italian rescuers evacuates a victim by helicopter on the site of a train derailment, on January 25, 2018 near Milan.© AP Italian rescuers evacuates a victim by helicopter on the site of a train derailment, on January 25, 2018 near Milan. The accident happened just before 7am during rush hour this morning at Seggiano di Potello, part of a busy commuter route from Cremona operated by Trenord Railways.

This image provided by the Italian firefighters Vigili del Fuoco shows firefighters inside a train wagon© AP This image provided by the Italian firefighters Vigili del Fuoco shows firefighters inside a train wagon The cause of the incident on the approach to Milan’s Garibaldi station remains unknown but two cars appear to have peeled off the rails and come to rest at an angle.

An injured passenger is assisted after a train derailed at the station of Pioltello Limito, on the outskirts of Milan, Italy© AP An injured passenger is assisted after a train derailed at the station of Pioltello Limito, on the outskirts of Milan, Italy Emergency services are at the scene with members of the local fire brigade in the process of rescuing travellers trapped inside the carriages.

Italian rescuers and policemen work on the site of a train derailment, on January 25, 2018 near Milan.© Getty Italian rescuers and policemen work on the site of a train derailment, on January 25, 2018 near Milan. The tragedy is expected to cause major delays across the city’s transport network for the rest of the morning.

A passenger on a stretcher talks to a woman after being rescued from a derailed train, in Pioltello Limito, on the outskirts of Milan, Italy© AP A passenger on a stretcher talks to a woman after being rescued from a derailed train, in Pioltello Limito, on the outskirts of Milan, Italy Italy’s ageing rail system has been the subject of much scrutiny in recent years. In 2016, 23 people were killed when two trains collided on a single track in an olive grove in Puglia.

Italian rescuers transport a victim on a stretcher on the site of a train derailment, on January 25, 2018 near Milan.© Getty Italian rescuers transport a victim on a stretcher on the site of a train derailment, on January 25, 2018 near Milan. In 2009, 32 people were killed when a freight train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derailed and exploded in Viareggio in Tuscany.

An aerial view shows a derailed train at the station of Pioltello Limito, on the outskirts of Milan, Italy© AP An aerial view shows a derailed train at the station of Pioltello Limito, on the outskirts of Milan, Italy Trenord is a joint venture between railway operator FNM and a unit of state railway operator Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato