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Spanish PM visits train crash site

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 01:14

July 25 - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visits the scene of a deadly train derailment in his birthplace of Santiago de Compostela. Jessica Gray reports.

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Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visits the site of a deadly train crash on Thursday, where at least 78 people were killed and more than 130 others were injured when a train came of its tracks. The northwestern community of Santiago de Compostela is Rajoy's birthplace. In a statement, the prime minister gave his deepest condolences for victims and declared three days of official mourning. Residents said they didn't know what had happened immediately. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JOSE MANUEL GARCIA RIAL, LOCAL RESIDENT, SAYING: "When we heard ambulances and the fire brigade we knew something had happened. I thought it was an attack, a catastrophe of sorts. Then we turned on the TV and found out it was the train. We knew no more until later." Bodies of some of the victims were covered in blankets at the site of the disaster, while emergency crews combed the scene, helping survivors. The derailment happened on the eve of the city's main religious festival. So far officials are working under the assumption the incident was an accident.

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Spanish PM visits train crash site

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 01:14