Jump to content
The Official Site of the Vancouver Canucks
Canucks Community

At least 35 killed as train derails in Spain: reports


Recommended Posts

At least 35 people were killed and 50 injured when a train derailed on the outskirts of the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday in one of the country's worst rail disasters.

Bodies covered in blankets lay next to carriages as smoke billowed from the wreckage a few hundred meters away from the entrance to the city's main station.

The train derailed on the eve of the ancient city's main Christian festival when thousands of pilgrims travel in to pack the streets.

"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," passenger Ricardo Montesco told Cadena Ser radio station.

"A lot of people were squashed on the bottom. We tried to squeeze out of the bottom of the wagons to get out and we realized the train was burning ... I was in the second wagon and there was fire ... I saw corpses," he added.

Another witness told the radio station she had heard an explosion before seeing the derailed train.

A spokesman for the regional government's office described the derailment as an accident. But the wreckage will stir memories of 2004's Madrid train bombing, carried out by Islamists, that killed 191 people.

"We can confirm there was an accident, but we cannot confirm mortalities as yet," the official told Reuters.

The head of the surrounding Galicia region, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, said at least 35 people had died and it was too early to say what had caused the derailment.

The crash happened a day before the city's main festival paying tribute to the remains of St James, one of Jesus' 12 disciples.

The apostle's shrine in the city is the destination of the famous El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, followed by Christians since the Middle Ages.

The city is also the birthplace of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

No one was immediately available to comment from Spanish train operator Renfe whose logo was visible on the wrecked carriages.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If I was to take a guess I would say it is lack of maintenance of their infrastructure. Spain has been/ is one of the European Nations that is in serious financial trouble and usually infrastructure is the first thing that suffers when a nation goes broke . Condolences to the families of the deceased.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Oh, I totally agree. I used to ride the Renfe trains all of the time.

Nonetheless, knowing the way Spanish politicians love to use tragedy for their personal gain, they'll find someone for the population to blame asap. That's the way it works there, it can't ever be their own fault.

Link to comment
Share on other sites


One of the drivers who was trapped in the cab of the train after the accident is quoted as saying moments after the crash that the train had taken the curve at 190 km/h (118mph) when entering the curve, unidentified investigation sources have told Spanish media.

The speed limit on that section of track is 80km/h.

"I hope no one died because it will weigh on my conscience," he said.

Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...