SPAIN (QHA) -  All eight
carriages of the Madrid to Ferrol train came off the tracks near the city of
Santiago de Compostela at 20:41 local time, BBC informs.

A train has
derailed in north-western Spain, killing at least 77 of its 218 passengers and
injuring more than 100, officials in the Galicia region say.

Media
reports say the train may have been travelling at more than twice the speed
limit around a curve.

"A lot
of people were squashed on the bottom. We tried to squeeze out of the bottom of
the wagons to get out and we realised the train was burning...I was in the
second wagon and there was fire. I saw corpses," - one of the victims told
to Spanish Cadena Ser radio station.

Government
believes the crash was an accident, but no statement would be made regarding
the cause without a proper investigation.

"We
are moving away from the hypothesis of sabotage or attack,"- one unnamed
official said.

Analysts
say it is the worst train accident in Spain in 40 years.


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