Spain train crash caught on CCTV
The driver of a Spanish train that derailed, killing at least 80 people, was under police guard in hospital after the dramatic accident which an official source said was caused by excessive speed. The eight-carriage train came off the tracks, hit a wall and caught fire just outside the pilgrimage destination Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain on Wednesday night. It was one of Europe's worst rail disasters. Video footage from a security camera showed the train, with 247 people on board, hurtling into a concrete wall at the side of the track as carriages jack-knifed and the engine overturned. One local official described the aftermath of the crash as like a scene from hell, with bodies strewn next to the tracks.
The impact was so huge one carriage flew several metres into the air and landed on the other side of a high concrete barrier. Around 94 people were injured, 35 of them, including four children, in a serious condition, the deputy head of the regional government said. Read more
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