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Grief in the aftermath of train crash in Spain

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 01:31

July 25 - Families and friends of victims of a train crash that killed at least 80 in Spain face grief and despair as they gather at a temporary morgue and hospital. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A man's voice can be heard repeating "dear God, dear God," as he captures the immediate aftermath of a train crash in Spain that killed at least 80 people. An official source says the accident was caused by high speed. At a makeshift morgue it's a time of grief and for those who lost loved ones. It was a trauma for the survivors including this man's son (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ANGEL TORRES TALKING ABOUT SON (PASSENGER ON TRAIN) ANGEL TORRES JUNIOR, SAYING: "He was watching a movie on his computer and noticed that the train was entering the bend very quickly, excessively fast. It was when he was noticing the high speed that he flew up in the air and the carriage turned over. It was terrible because he saw dead bodies. It was terrible." His son is now being treated (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ANGEL TORRES TALKING ABOUT SON (PASSENGER ON TRAIN) ANGEL TORRES JUNIOR, SAYING: "His hip is broken and his lungs have been crushed. He couldn't walk but he had to get some children out. He couldn't do any more. More people were asking for help but he couldn't do any more. He couldn't do it. That was his experience. He spoke with his wife on the telephone and fainted. The next thing he knew he was here. That was his experience. I just saw him now and he's fine. He's speaking and it looks like he'll recover from this." Many of those on the train were headed to Santiago to celebrate a religious festival. City authorities canceled all events as the city went into mourning.

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Grief in the aftermath of train crash in Spain

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 01:31