Thursday, July 25, 2013

Video emerges of Deadly Spanish Train Crash

(Spain) 80 People have died and many more injured in a passenger train derailment in north-western Spain. It is the country's worst train accident for 40 years.The Alvia 730 series train left the tracks on a bend about 3-4km (2-2.5 miles) from Santiago de Compostela station at 20:41 local time (18:41 GMT) on Wednesday, according to railway firm Renfe.It was on the express route between Madrid and the ship-building city of Ferrol on the Galician coast. The line to Santiago de Compostela has stretches of high speed track, where trains reach up to 220km/h (136.7mph), before having to slow to 80km/h before the section where the accident took place. A driver is reported to have said that the train was going at up to 190 kilometres per hour, twice the allowed speed limit on that particular curve of track. Authorities have said it is unclear why the accident happened, but they have ruled out an act of terrorism.