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Spanish Train Derails in 'Dante-esque Scene'

Spanish Train Derails in 'Dante-esque Scene'
Posted Thursday, July 25th 2013 @ 9am  by Newser Editors and Wire Services, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– Another deadly train accident is in the news, this time from Spain. A high-speed train in the country's northwest derailed last night; it was reportedly moving at double the speed limit, and Reuters says the driver is under investigation. Officials say at least 77 people are dead, the New York Times reports. At least 100 more were injured, and 20 are in critical condition, CNN adds. Authorities say the train had about 220 passengers and derailed around 8:40pm local time near the station in the city of Santiago de Compostela, 60 miles south of El Ferrol, the AP notes. An official tells CNN more bodies are expected to be found, and some reports now put the death toll at 78.

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