‘Several’ killed, 50 injured as passenger train derails at Spanish station

Several people have died after a train derailed in northern Spain. They were killed when the train came off the tracks and struck an electricity pylon as it approached the town of O Porrino. National rail company Renfe said several people died in the crash, while another 50 were reported to have been injured. 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 while at least one of those injured was said to be in a critical condition. 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.