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Death toll climbs in Italian train derailment and fire

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VIAREGGIO, Italy (AP) -- The exact death toll is unclear as hundreds of rescuers in Italy search through the rubble of a freight train derailment and explosion in a small Italian town.

The chief of the Civil Protection Department says the explosion and fire killed at least 12 people -- many as they slept in their homes. But several other officials say the death toll is higher. At least 50 are reported injured, with many suffering severe burns.

Officials say the 14-car train crashed into a residential neighborhood beside the train station in the Tuscan seaside town of Viareggio just before midnight.

A train car filled with liquefied natural gas exploded, collapsing five buildings and setting fire to a vast area. Homes crumbled or burned, killing residents as they slept.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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