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THE moment an Alvia train derailed near Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain, has been graphically captured by a trackside security camera.
The train entered a sharp curve at high speed before coming off the track and smashing into a concrete wall.
At least 78 people have been confirmed dead. Between 10 and 20 are seriously injured and another 111 were injured but are now out of danger.
A British national was among those injured, the Foreign Office has confirmed. Speaking about the tragic train accident the Foreign Secretary, William Hague said: “I was very saddened to hear of the terrible train accident near Santiago de Compostela in Spain last night. My thoughts are with all those affected and their friends and family.”
The crash happened at 8.41pm local time as the train neared the city of Santiago de Compostela, a popular place of pilgrimage in the northwestern region of Galicia.
Train operator Renfe said the train was travelling on the express route from Madrid to the port city of Ferrol on the Galician coast.
According to El Pais newspaper, one of the two drivers reported the train was travelling at 190kph when it entered the bend. The speed limit on that section is 80kph.
Renfe and Adif, which is in charge of the tracks, have opened an investigation into the cause of the derailment but no statement will be made until the train’s black boxes are examined. However they added that the train “did not have any technical problems” and had been inspected just hours earlier.
This is the first fatal accident on a high-speed line in Spain and the most serious rail accident in the last 40 years.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced three days of mourning.