Train derails in Spain after rockfall; 11 injured

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say a rockfall has derailed a train, injuring 11 passengers after the first carriage partially plunged into a river just west of the northern city of Santander.

Regional government spokeswoman Patricia Fernandez says three passengers were taken to hospitals in Santander and Torrelavega with serious injuries while eight received first aid for minor injuries.

Heavy rain and hail had been falling in the area and a rockfall caused the carriage to leave the tracks at Cabezon de la Sal, 450 kilometers (280 miles) north of Madrid, according to Adif, national operator of rail infrastructure.

Divers were called to the scene Friday evening, but national train operator Renfe said all passengers had been accounted for and a search of the river had not been necessary.

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