Death Toll in Northwest Spain Train Derailment Exceeds 50


The death toll in a high-speed commuter train derailment in the northwest of Spain near the city of Santiago de Compostela exceeded 50 people, El Pais reported.

Reports on the number of deaths are varying with El Pais putting the number at 56 casualties, while El Mundo reports of 60. The Guardian reported that over 110 were injured in the accident.

The train en route from Madrid to Ferrol carrying about 218 passengers derailed on Wednesday at around 8:30 p.m. local time, when it approached a curve at a high speed and one of its cars jumped off the railway forcing the rest of the train to come off the tracks.

RTVE television channel reported citing the Spanish Interior Ministry that it was not a terrorist act that caused the tragedy.

According to reports from El Mundo, the train was exceeding the speed limit at the curve by up to 140 kph (87 mph). The agency cited the representative of the surrounding Galicia region, Samuel Juarez, that the train moved at the speed of 220 kph (136 mph), while the permitted speed limit at that turn was 80 kph (50 mph).

BBC reported citing local media that the current accident is the worst in Spain in four decades.



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