Four people have died after a train derailed in northern Spain. They were killed when the train came off the tracks and struck a pylon as it approached the town of O Porrino. Another 47 out of the 65 passengers and crew aboard the three-car train were injured, although only a few were thought to be seriously hurt. The public body which manages Spain’s railway infrastructure, Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias, has opened an investigation.
Renfe expresses its sorrow for the victims and their families.
Train operator’s tweet
Footage from the scene shows the train, which was travelling from Vigo to Valenca do Mino, in Portugal, on its side and off the track, with the front crushed against the pylon. One of those killed was believed to be the driver. The accident has prompted five political parties to suspend election campaigning for the day. In 2013, 79 people were killed in Spain’s worst rail disaster when a high-speed Renfe train went off the tracks and slammed into a wall near Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia.