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One dead and more than 80 injured when two trains collided near Barcelona

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The driver of a passenger train died this Monday after receiving the impact of a freight train that derailed at the entrance of a station in the metropolitan area of Barcelona (northeast of Spain), in an accident that also left 86 injured, most of them minor.

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“As a result of the impact, the driver of the passenger train has died,” explained the Civil Protection service of the region of Catalonia in a statement.

“According to the Medical Emergency System, 2 people were less seriously injured and 84 people were slightly injured, 77 of whom were discharged on site,” the note added.

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The incident occurred around 6:00 p.m. local time (4:00 p.m. GMT) at the entrance to the Sant Boi de Llobregat station, a town located about 15 kilometers south of Barcelona.

Until there, among others, 10 fire units, two helicopters and 12 police patrols traveled.

It is not yet known, however, the causes that caused the freight convoy, which was transporting potash, to derail and crash into the other train, which was leaving the station at that moment with some 150 passengers on board.

“The third wagon of the freight train, for a reason that we now do not know, has fallen on top of the commuter train and has directly hit the driver’s cabin, causing his death,” the vice president of the Catalan regional government explained to the media. Jordi Puigneró, displaced to the place of the accident.

Nine of the injured have been hospitalized, but there is no fear for their lives, said Puigneró, who sent his condolences to the family of the deceased worker.

The president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, also regretted what happened through a message on his Twitter account.

“My deepest condolences to the family of the train driver who died in the derailment. All my support and wishes for a speedy recovery to the many injured in the accident,” he wrote.

Sánchez also indicated that he had spoken with the Catalan regional president, Pere Aragonès, to convey the “regret and maximum collaboration and solidarity of the central Government”.

Source: Elcomercio

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