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Death toll in Italian train crash reaches 20

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Picture of the crash site issued by Italian firefighters Vigili del Fuoco
Picture of the crash site issued by Italian firefighters Vigili del Fuoco

The death toll in the Italian train crash has risen to 20, officials said.

The incident is reported to have taken place on a single track near the town of Andria, in the Puglia region in the south of Italy.

An image of the crash showed that the cars had been badly damaged and forced off the rails at sharp angles.

News reports said rescue workers are pulling injured people from the wreckage, including a small child.

Video images showed ambulances responding to the scene.

National police and carabinieri could not immediately provide details about the extent of the crash.

Italy's prime minister Matteo Renzi said the crash "is a moment of tears", and pledged not to stop until a cause is determined.