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Death toll at 77 in Spanish train derailment

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 00:58

July 25 - Recovery crews remove debris from the site of a massive train derailment in Spain in which at least 77 people were killed. Julie Noce reports.

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Daybreak Thursday morning in northwestern Spain and recovery crews begin removing the mangled pieces of a high speed train that derailed the day before. At least 77 people are now confirmed dead after a train coming from Madrid went off the tracks just before 9pm near the town of Santiago de Compostela. More than 130 people are being treated for injuries. Family members rushed to hospitals to find their relatives and await news. A temporary morgue has been set up in a community center for the victims. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE FAMILY MEMBER, SAYING: "We heard about the accident and they are neither on the list of injured nor dead so we're just waiting." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE FAMILY MEMBER , SAYING: "It's my niece, the daughter of my sister and my brother-in-law. We're as broken as you can imagine." It's still not clear what exactly caused the derailment. Officials are reviewing the train's black boxes but are investigating the incident as an accident.

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Death toll at 77 in Spanish train derailment

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 00:58