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Firefighter recalls train crash aftermath

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 01:05

July 26 - Firefighters called off a strike to join rescue efforts in Spain's Santiago de Compostela after a high speed train derailed leaving 80 people dead. Sarah Charlton reports.

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As Spanish police try to determine why a train derailed leaving at least 80 people dead, some of those involved in the rescue have been speaking out. Firefighters cancelled a strike to help with the rescue after the high speed train crashed and caught fire on Wednesday (July 24) night. Some 94 people were injured. Commander Jose Ramos is from the Santiago Fire Brigade. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) COMMANDER JOSE RAMOS OF THE SANTIAGO FIRE BRIGADE, SAYING: "It was hell, literally. The state of the people, the train - it was all unpleasant. We couldn't stop, we had to get in there and work and the sooner the better so we could remove people who were alive, and that is what we did." Spain's King Juan Carlos visited the injured in hospital and called on the nation to support the victims. The driver of the train is currently under police guard and is expected to be questioned over the incident.

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Firefighter recalls train crash aftermath

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 01:05

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