Reports: At least 24 dead in Spain train derailment

Reports: At least 24 dead in Spain train derailment

Reports: At least 24 dead in Spain train derailment

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

MADRID (AP) -- A train traveling in northwestern Spain derailed Wednesday night, toppling passenger cars on their sides and leaving at least one torn open as smoke rose into the air.

It was not immediately clear how many people were hurt or had died, but Spanish National TV showed footage of what appeared to be several bodies covered by blankets alongside the tracks next to the wrecked train wagons.

The accident occurred on high-speed tracks near the train station in Santiago de Compostola, 95 kilometers (60 miles) south of El Ferrol. Rescue workers were seen in the images caring for people still inside some of the wagons.

The train, which belongs to the state-owned Renfe company, was headed to El Ferrol from Madrid on Wednesday.

Officials at the Interior Ministry and the Adif rail infrastructure authority did not immediately answer telephone calls or return messages seeking comment. Officials with Renfe also did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

 

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