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77 Now Dead in Spain's Worst Train Crash

Thu 25th Jul 2013
77 Now Dead in Spain's Worst Train Crash

A Train crash on the outskirts of Santiago de Composetlla, Galicia, has left at least 77 dead and around 131 seriously injured.

Initial reports suggest that the Train carrying 247 passengers was running 5 Minutes late and under pressure to make up time, which caused the driver to speed through a notoriously difficult bend. The permitted top speed for the manoeuvre is typically 50km/h, however information provided by sources indicate that the train may have been traveling as fast as 180km/h.

The train and six carriages subsequently derailed, with fires breaking out in a number of carriages, hampering escape and rescue attempts.

RENFE has ruled out the possibility of the event being sabotage or terrorism.

Spanish PM- Mariano Rajoy - from Santiago de Compostella himself - is expected to visit the city later today.

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It is crystal clear that driver and railways rules are both guilty for this accident. If the train running late more than 5 minutes the rail company refund the fair to the all passengers as per railway rules. So the driver try to make up late, driving 180km/h notoriously difficult bend ,the permitted top speed for manoeuvre is typically 50km/h/
Rathindra Nath Chattopadhyay - Mon, 29th Jul 2013
It is cristal clear that driver and railways rules areboth guiltyfor this accident. If the trainrunning late more than 5 minutes the rail company refund the fair to the all passengers as per railway rules. So the driver try to make up late, driving 180km/h notoriously difficult bend ,the permitted top speed for themanoeuvre is typically 50km/h/
Rathindra Nath Chattopadhyay - Mon, 29th Jul 2013
There are rumours the train was running late and may have been speeding to make up time! I find it hard to believe an experienced driver, who would know about that particular curve would be going so fast! Worryingly, are RENFE's procedures such that they put pressure on drivers to break the rules, much like Ryanair's fuel load policies puts pressure on pilots to fly with absolute minimum fuel? The AVE has far too much money invested for late trains to embarass the whole project!
Ed Bishop - Thu, 25th Jul 2013
Billions spent on Rail Infrastructure recently, and it now looks likely that simple human error was at fault. Very sad news indeed, but maybe some of the money set aside for infrastructure should have been spent on training?
Lee White - Thu, 25th Jul 2013