Fifty-six injured in Barcelona train crash
Fifty-six people have been injured after a Spanish commuter train crashed into the buffers at a station in north-eastern Barcelona.
A total of 53 people were taken to hospital after the incident at Francia station, in which passengers were thrown to the floor of the train.
Regional health authorities said one man was seriously injured by a blow to the chest, but his life is not in danger as he recovers at Barcelona’s Clinic Hospital.
The accident, which happened at 7.15am local time (6.15am BST), involved a train which set off from the coastal town of Sant Vicenc de Calders, south of Barcelona.
“When the train arrived at Francia station it applied the brakes, but at the same time it made a noisy crash,” said passenger Said Saharaui. “The passengers were thrown to the floor.
“Even though the train did brake, it wasn’t until the crash when it reached a full stop.”
The impact of the crash smashed the nose of the train and left it hanging off on one side.
The accident came as workers with the stateowned rail company Renfe staged a one-day strike. The affected train was running as part of minimum services ordered by the public works ministry.
Public works minister Inigo de la Serna, who visited the scene, said the train had passed an inspection on July 18.