Death Toll in Northwest Spain Train Derailment Put at 77
The death toll in a high-speed commuter train derailment in the northwest of Spain near the city of Santiago de Compostela has reached at least 77 people, according to multiple news reports, according to RIA Novosti.
73 people died at the scene of the disaster, while another four died after being hospital, Spanish officials said Thursday, according to the BBC.
The train en route from Madrid to Ferrol carrying about 218 passengers derailed on Wednesday at around 8:30 p.m. local time, when it approached a curve at a high speed and one of its cars jumped off the railway. All the train's eight carriages came off the tracks.
RTVE television channel reported citing the Spanish Interior Ministry that it was not a terrorist act that caused the tragedy.
According to reports from El Mundo, the train was exceeding the speed limit at the curve by up to 140 kph (87 mph). The agency cited the representative of the surrounding Galicia region, Samuel Juarez, that the train moved at the speed of 220 kph (136 mph), while the permitted speed limit at that turn was 80 kph (50 mph).
BBC reported citing local media that the current accident is the worst in Spain in four decades.