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At least 56 people have been killed and more than 70 injured after a passenger train derailed outside the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela.
All 13 train carriages carrying 218 passengers plus crew left the tracks and four carriages overturned completely. Images from the scene showed crumpled metal and smoke billowing from the wreckage.
The train derailed shortly before 9pm local time as it sped along a curve in the tracks approaching the cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia.
It was not immediately clear what had caused the crash but some passengers reported hearing an explosion before the train derailed. Spain’s Interior Ministry, however, quickly dismissed a terrorist attack as the cause of the derailment.
“It was going so quickly it seems that on a curve the train started to twist and the wagons piled up one on top of the other,” Ricardo Montesco, a passenger on the train, told Cadena Ser radio.
Even several hours after the accident rescue crews were still trying to reach passengers trapped in the wreckage. Photographs of the scene showed rows of corpses covered in blankets on the ground next to derailment site.At least 70 other passengers were being treated for injuries in local hospitals and dozens more were described as being in “a state of shock”.
The train, which belongs to Spain’s state owned Renfe company, was travelling from Madrid bound for El Ferrol in the north.
The accident occurred on the eve of the feast of St James, a regional bank holiday in Galicia, and a festival which attracts hoards of pilgrims to the ancient city.
The cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, which is believed to contain relic of St James the Apostle, is the final destination for pilgrims travelling the Camino de Santiago, a walking route that stretches across northern Spain from the Pyrenees in France.
It is the worst rail crash in Spanish history. In 2006, a train derailed on the underground system in Valencia killing 43 people and injuring four dozen.
Earlier this month a public bus crashed near Avila in central Spain killing nine passengers after the driver fell asleep at the wheel.
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was born in Santiago de Compostela, said he would visit the crash site on Thursday morning.
This article first appeared on www.telegraph.co.uk
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