Spanish Train Derails, Kills 77 in 'Dante-esque Scene'
Scores more are injured in high-speed accident
Posted Jul 24, 2013 4:44 PM CDT
Updated Jul 25, 2013 7:56 AM CDT
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(Newser) Another deadly train accident is in the news, this time from Spain. A high-speed train in the country's northwest derailed last night; it was reportedly moving at double the speed limit, and Reuters says the driver is under investigation. Officials say at least 77 people are dead, the New York Times reports. At least 100 more were injured, and 20 are in critical condition, CNN adds. Authorities say the train had about 220 passengers and derailed around 8:40pm local time near the station in the city of Santiago de Compostela, 60 miles south of El Ferrol, the AP notes. An official tells CNN more bodies are expected to be found, and some reports now put the death toll at 78.

The train, which belongs to the state-owned Renfe company, was on its way to El Ferrol from Madrid. It was going 110 miles per hour in a zone where the speed limit is 50, sources told Spain's El Pais paper, per the Times. According to CNN, the train driver told police he entered a curve too quickly, and the country's transport secretary confirmed the "tragedy appears to be linked to the train going too fast." The BBC says all 13 cars came off the tracks, and it quotes one passenger who says they seemed to "pile up on one another" at a curve in the tracks. "There are bodies lying on the railway track," says one government official. "It's a Dante-esque scene."

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Jul 25, 2013 1:58 PM CDT
gotta love highly unionized unskilled labor. go train conductors union go!
Jul 25, 2013 10:55 AM CDT
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: The fast train accident in Spain could be happened someday in California once the (D) Gov. Jerry Brown's and Obama's dream on high-speed trains construction is finished from Northern California to Southern California; there are so many curves and corners in California (mountains). For California Republican Party's idea, Californians need to provide our Hydrofoil(s) and Hovercraft(s) transportation from California Pacific West Coast's beach-to-beach, town-to-town, city-to-city; our California state's private sector to hire MORE non-union's US Navy Veteran workers to drive these Hydrofoil(s) and Hovercraft(s); much more safer than the (D) Gov. Jerry Brown's and Obama's idea and billion dollar budget to run high-speed trains for LESS daily passengers in California; we have mainstream Southwest Airlines.
Jul 25, 2013 10:54 AM CDT
I do feel for people who are injured and died as well as their families. This is horrible thing to experience. With that said, I have to notice that greed of american corporations is killing many more people every day and nobody cares or does something. I see what the f*cking voulters did to my wife after 30 years of work for them. So forgive me that I am not crying or I don't have any feelings left. You kids one day will realize that. Everyone has a right to be treated like human at work and has a right safe and human like working environment. I know that most of you just taking it "like a man", while they ride you to death.