VIDEO– At Least 78 Dead After Train Derails in Spain -EyeWitness ‘Hears BANG’ Before Crash
At least 78 people were killed when a train derailed in Spain on Wednesday.
One eyewitness said he heard a bang before the train came off tracks.
A security camera captured the moment the train crashed in northern Spain.
The Daily Mail reported:
At least 60 people were killed last night when an express train derailed in northern Spain.
Other passengers were still trapped in the wreckage and there were fears that the death toll could rise as rescue teams continued their grim task of trying to free survivors hours after the accident.
Many of those on board were thought to be travelling to a major religious festival in the nearby city of Santiago de Compostela, site of a Catholic pilgrimage.
Damaged carriages lay on their sides amid billowing smoke and at least 131 people were said to be injured.
Spain’s state television channel, RTV1, said the death toll stood at 56, and 70 passengers were in critical condition.
The BBC spoke to survivors.
Ricardo Montesco said he and other surviving passengers were stuck in one of the bottom carriages.
“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,” he said, speaking to Spanish Cadena Ser radio station.
“I was in the second wagon and there was fire… I saw corpses,” he added.
Nearby resident Francisco Otero described hearing a “huge bang as if there had been an earthquake”, speaking to the AFP news agency.