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‘Killer’ level crossing in Spain’s Valencia claims fourth victim this year alone as man is crushed by a train just days before Christmas

'Killer' level crossing in Spain's Valencia claims fourth victim this year alone as man, 50, is crushed by a train just days before Christmas
'Killer' level crossing in Spain's Valencia claims fourth victim this year alone as man, 50, is crushed by a train just days before Christmas

A MAN in his fifties died on Thursday after being run over by a train at the Alfafar level crossing in Valencia province.

According to witnesses, the victim stumbled when he was crossing the tracks with the barriers down and, while he was trying to get up, the train passed through the area and ran over him.

The incident happened at round 10.30pm at the crossing that local residents brand as a ‘killer” with four people fatally injured at it in the last 12 months.

The Alfafar City Council passed on their condolences to the man’s family and repeated their demand demanded that the Ministry of Transport ‘buries the line underground’.

ALFAFAR CROSSING

The last accident occurred in April, when a 19-year-old woman died and Thursday’s incident means there have been 77 deaths at the black spot in the last four decades.

One of the reasons for so many fatalities are very long periods of the barriers being down and pedestrians taking a chance in crossing the line.

Following April’s tragedy, the Las Provincias newspaper quoted a resident saying that people walked past the barriers ‘because most of the time they are down for more than twenty minutes’.

Residents have been demanding a solution for years over the track that in effect splits the municipality of Alfafar into two.

Campaigner, Vicente Garcia, said: “We are tired of this with the level crossing access used daily by 4,000 people- many of whom are children and the elderly due to the proximity of a school and medical centre.”

His action group has filed 720 complaints with the Alfafar City Council for danger and excessive noise and Garcia says no action has been taken by Adif- the body responsible for railway lines in Spain.

“Promises made after April’s death have not materialised and there are no extra lights or warning signs,” he added.

Disgruntled residents are now trying to get a meeting with Spain’s new Transport Minister, Oscar Puente.

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Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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