Car Derails Passenger Train

SPN Derailed Train JN20Yesterday afternoon a car fell from an overhead bypass onto train tracks below just as a passenger train was going through, causing the train engine to derail.

The accident took place around 16.00h yesterday afternoon on the Ferrol-Madrid line. The car was being driven by an 89-year-old man, who died in the act. The collision between the two vehicles caused the train engine to leave the track, and tip over onto its side.

The train driver and his assistant were seriously injured and the fire service was needed to extract them from the stricken train so that they could be rushed to the Hospital Virgen de la Concha in nearby Zaragoza. One of the two train drivers succumbed to his injuries just a few hours later.

Fortunately, all of the carriages remained upright on the rails and only six of the 174 passengers required treatment, which was for minor injuries, such as whiplash or mild cases of shock. The other passengers were put on four buses to continue their journey,

The line was closed down for several hours whilst heavy machinery was sent to righten the train engine and remove it, and a second engine was despatched to collect the empty carriages.

(News: Hiniestra, Zaragoza, Aragon)

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