Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Last night, devastation hit Viareggio in the form of fire. Five houses collapsed, many cars were burst to a crisp and at least fourteen people were victims of the worst train disaster in Italian history.
As a cargo train was passing through the Tuscan town of Viareggio, part of its load of combustible GPL fuel tanks was derailed, caught fire and sent flames 40 meters (130 ft) into the air. The fire quickly spread to neighboring buildings and caused some sleeping souls to lose their lives.
The country is in shock. Berlusconi is in the city promising emergency relief. This is all within a few months of Aquila's horrific earthquake.
Italy can't take much more bad news this season.
Our thoughts are with Viareggio.
Pictures of the train station district of Viareggio from flickr account: rabendeviaregia