Horrifying footage of the Spain train derailment that killed dozens

July 25, 2013

A video posted by Spanish newspaper El Paìs shows 10 horrifying seconds of the train derailment in northwestern Spain Wednesday evening, which killed 80 people and injured more than a hundred others. The video shows the train coming really fast as it approaches a swift curve and then derailing, tossing the passenger cars onto the side.

According to El Paìs, the speed limit on that stretch of the curve is 80 kph (50 miles per hour) and the train was moving at more than 180 kph (about 112 miles per hour).

The footage of the accident was captured by a security camera along the tracks near Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. According to the Associated Press, authorities have not identified possible causes of the accident, but an official with Spain’s Interior Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on Thursday that terrorist attack had been ruled out.

Read more: Spain’s train crash was a rare aberration for Europe’s ultra-safe rail system

See photographs of the aftermath of the accident.

Anup Kaphle is the Post's digital foreign editor. He has an M.S. degree in journalism from Columbia University. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
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