Officials: 80 Confirmed Dead In Train Derailment

MADRID (July 25, 2013)—At least 80 people were killed when a passenger train derailed on a curvy stretch of track in northwestern Spain in what was one of the country's worst rail accidents in decades, Maria Pardo Rios, spokeswoman for the Galicia region's main court, said Thursday.

On Thursday 95 people were still hospitalized, including 36 in critical condition.

Terrorism is not suspected, and eyewitness accounts suggest that the train was going too fast as it went around a turn underneath a road bridge Wednesday.

Those accounts are backed by security-camera footage of the derailment, which shows the train carriages starting to buckle soon into the turn, with the first and second passenger cars leaving the tracks first.

The engine itself quickly follows, violently tipping to its right side as it crashes into a concrete wall and bulldozes its way along the ground.

In the background, the rear cars can be seen starting to decouple and come off the tracks.

Spain's prime minister toured the crash scene Thursday alongside rescue workers.

He was born in Santiago de Compostela, the city where the wreck took place.

City officials, who had been preparing for the annual Catholic festival Thursday, canceled the event and took control of the main sports stadium to use as a makeshift morgue where relatives of the dead could be seen sobbing and embracing each other.

The train was headed to El Ferrol from Madrid with more than 200 passengers aboard.

It’s not clear how fast the train was traveling, but it can reach speeds of about 150 miles per hour.

Officials said there was no indication that terrorism was involved in the derailment.


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