Fifty-six in­jured in Barcelona train crash

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - WORLD NEWS -

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.

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