A landslide in northern Italy early Monday hit and derailed a train, killing nine people.

The derailment occurred about 9 a.m., local time, near the city of Merano, located in the eastern Alps.


Firefighters search the wreckage of a train derailed near Merano, northern Italy, Monday, April 12, 2010. A landslide hit and derailed a train in northern Italy on Monday, killing 9 people and leaving some 30 injured, officials said. (AP Photo/Matteo Rensi)
AccuWeather.com meteorologists said the weather was dry at the time of the accident, but a warm stretch of weather last week likely thawed snow pack on the mountains above Merano.

The landslide could have been triggered by melting snow, but government officials from Italy attribute a broken irrigation pipe as the cause of the accident.

Weather for the cleanup today will be calm and clear, with highs in the low 60s, then temperatures will drop to the low 40s during the evening tonight.

Tuesday will have some sun then become cloudy with on-and-off rain and drizzle during the afternoon.

CNN reported that mud from the landslide entered the train's cars, suffocating the passengers.

The train included two carriages of passengers, with one carriage destroyed as it rolled down the mountainside into trees. The trees kept the carriage from plunging into the river below, according to ANSA.

More than 30 others are reportedly injured, with rescue efforts ongoing.

Merano is located about 200 miles north of Venice and is very close to the Austrian border.

The rail line is one of Italy's most modern, opened only five years ago.

Story by AccuWeather.com's Carly Porter, with content contributed by AccuWeather.com Senior Forecaster Jim Andrews.