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Train Derailment in Spain Kills at least 35 Injures 200

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At least 35 people were killed and a further 200 injured after a train derailed a few metres outside the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday, state media and officials said. At least 35 people were killed and a further 200 injured when a train derailed outside the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela... on Wednesday, state media and officials said. Train wagons lay on their sides with plumes of smoke rising from the wreckage, photographs published on the Voz de Galicia newspaper website showed. The train, carrying roughly 200 people, was on the high-speed route between Madrid and Ferrol on the Galician coast. Spanish news agency Efe quoted police and hospital sources as saying at least 50 people were injured in the derailment. "It was going so quickly ... It seems that on a curve the train started to twist, and the wagons piled up one on top of the other," passenger Ricardo Montesco told Cadena Ser radio station. "A lot of people were squashed on the bottom. We tried to squeeze out of the bottom of the wagons to get out and we realised the train was burning ... I was in the second wagon and there was fire ... I saw corpses," he added. Another witness told the station he had heard an explosion before seeing the derailed train. A Cadena Ser reporter on the scene said that all the wagons had derailed and that the site was strewn with bodies covered with blankets. A spokesman for the regional government's office confirmed there had been a train accident, but said no further details were available. Santiago de Compostela, the birthplace of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, is best known as the destination of an ancient Catholic pilgrimage route.

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