77 die in train crash in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Thursday, July 25, 2013
A train derailment at 20:41 Spain has left at least 77 people dead and 131 injured, of which 20 are in a serious condition. Authorities have not yet definitively given a cause for the crash but are currently treating it as likely to be an accident.(1841 ) yesterday just outside the city of in in north-western
The train was going from Madrid to the coastal city of . Reports indicate the train was travelling at an excessive speed — 180 kilometers an hour, more than twice the recommended speed of 80 kilometers an hour. , the train company, have said the train was running five minutes late.
Ricardo Montero, a man who was on the train, told 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 realised the train was burning [...] I was in the second wagon and there was fire. [...] I saw corpses."
The crash occurred a day before a festival in Santiago was due to start, which has now been cancelled. The Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy made a statement: "In the face of a tragedy such as just happened in Santiago de Compostela on the eve of its big day, I can only express my deepest sympathy as a Spaniard and a Galician." Rajoy is to visit the site of the accident today.
- Stephen Burgen. "Spanish train crash: seven days of mourning declared for victims" — , July 25, 2013
- "Dozens die as Spanish train derails in Galicia" — , July 25, 2013
- "Ricardo Montero: "El tren empezó a dar muchas vueltas de campana en la curva. Mucha gente quedó aprisionada"" — , July 24, 2013 ()