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Official confirms 35 dead and 200 injured after train derails in Spain

The train which carried 238 passengers originated in Madrid and was bound for the northwestern town of Ferrol.

Santiago de Compostela (File photo)
Santiago de Compostela (File photo)
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Updated 10.14pm

THIRTY-FIVE PEOPLE are reported dead and 200 are injured after a train derailment in northwestern Spain, an official has confirmed.

Earlier reports said that between 15 and 20 died after a train derailed.

The Renfe railway company earlier spoke of “several dead and injured” in the accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela, but could not immediately give a precise toll.

The train which carried 238 passengers originated in Madrid and was bound for the northwestern town of Ferrol.

“It derailed near the station of Santiago de Compostela but we don’t yet know why,” Renfe said.

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The accident happened around 9pm (1900 GMT) and first pictures published by the press showed parts of the locomotive’s roof in flames.

First published 9.39pm

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