28/02/2007

Londonderry man dies in Italian rail crash

A Londonderry-born man has been killed after an express train hit his car in Italy.

William Doherty, aged-41, had lived in Italy for a number of years, teaching English. It is believed his car was struck by the locomotive late on Monday night when he drove his car – a Honda Civic - on to the tracks in northern Italy’s Vercelli province.

A spokesman for the railway police, said: “It’s a complete mystery what he was doing on the railway line. The driver of the train had no chance of stopping and smashed straight into him.”

The tragedy occurred at Salussola near Biella, and brought chaos to services in the area.

His body was cut free from the wreckage by firecrew and paramedics. However, he was declared dead at the scene.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman, said: “We can confirm his death in the province of Vercelli. Our council section in Milan are in touch with local authorities and ensuring consular assistance to Mr Doherty’s family.”

(JM/SP)

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