A TRAIN derailed in northern Italy, killing at least three people, seriously injuring 10 and trapping others heading into Milan at the start of the working day.

Several people were rescued from the wreckage of the Trenord train which derailed next to the Pioltello Limito station on the outskirts of the city yesterday morning, halting train traffic into and out of Italy’s financial capital for hours.

At least two main cars from the middle of the train came off the rails and were left standing. Rescue crews climbed through the crushed sides of the cars to get to trapped passengers. A problem with a track point is being investigated as a possible cause, police say.

The train was heading from Cremona, in eastern Lombardy, into Milan’s Garibaldi Station when passengers reported feeling the car shake for a few minutes before hearing a big bang, and then feeling the car crush in on them.

It was the latest incident involving Italy’s ageing rail system.

In 2016, 23 people were killed when two trains collided on a single track in an olive grove in Puglia, southeastern Italy. In 2009, 32 people were killed when a freight train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derailed and exploded in Viareggio in Tuscany.