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At least 35 killed as train derails in Spain: reports

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 - 00:47

July 24 - At least 35 people are killed and 50 injured when a train derailed on the outskirts of the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: At least 35 people were killed and some 50 injured when a train derailed on the outskirts of the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday in one of the country's worst rail disasters. Bodies covered in blankets lay next to carriages as smoke billowed from the wreckage a few hundred meters away from the entrance to the city's main station. The train derailed on the eve of the ancient city's main Christian festival when thousands of pilgrims travel in to pack the streets. A witness told the radio station she had heard an explosion before seeing the derailed train. A spokesman for the regional government's office described the derailment as an accident. But the wreckage will stir memories of 2004's Madrid train bombing, carried out by Islamists, that killed 191 people. "We can confirm there was an accident, but we cannot confirm mortalities as yet," the official told Reuters. The head of the surrounding Galicia region, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, said at least 35 people had died and it was too early to say what had caused the derailment. No one was immediately available to comment from Spanish train operator Renfe whose logo was visible on the wrecked carriages

At least 35 killed as train derails in Spain: reports

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 - 00:47

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