At least 35 confirmed dead in Spain train crash

At least 35 confirmed dead in Spain train crash

At least 35 people have been killed in a train derailment in Spain, according to officials.

Regional official Alberto Nunez Feijoo gave the updated toll after the train left the track, toppling passenger cars on their sides and leaving at least one torn open as smoke rose into the air.

The accident occurred on high-speed tracks near the station in Santiago de Compostola, 60 miles south of El Ferrol.

Spanish National TV showed footage of what appeared to be several bodies covered by blankets alongside the track next to the wrecked wagons.

At least 35 confirmed dead in Spain train crash

Rescue workers were seen in the images caring for people still inside some of the wagons.

The train, which belongs to the state-owned Renfe company, was headed to El Ferrol from Madrid.

Mr Feijoo, regional government president of north-western Galicia, told Cadena SER radio that he did not have an exact death toll but the figure ``would not drop below 35''.

Renfe said in a statement that 218 passengers and an unspecified number of staff were on board at the time of the accident. Renfe did not give an estimate of the numbers of dead or injured.

Feast day festivities in Santiago de Compostela were cancelled, town hall spokeswoman Maria Pardo told Spanish National television TVE.

A photographer at the scene said he saw dozens of what appeared to be dead bodies being extracted from the wreck by emergency workers.


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