Passenger train derails in Galicia, Spain. Death toll rises.

Passenger train from Madrid derails near the city of Santiago de Compostela (northwest Spain) provoking more than 100 injured. The death toll is rising sharply, it reached so far 77 victims. The state railway Renfe said the train crashed on a curve several kilometers from the train station in the city of Santiago de Compostela. To watch the video of the accident in English click here.

Investigations have already begun immediately after the train derailed at 8:41 p.m. on Wednesday. Terrorism was taken off from suspects, Gary Wolf, Railroad Safety Consultant, said speed could be the issue. The train could go up to 250 kilometres per hour (155 mph) but it is unclear how fast was the train travelling when it crashed. Probably too fast for such a curve. The second layer of inquiry would concern the infrastructure itself, and the third the equipment. To hear in details the words of the expert, click here.


Laura Zuffi


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