GALICIA, SPAIN – A train hurtled off the tracks in northwestern Spain on Wednesday, killing at least 77 passengers and injuring more than 140. Four carriages overturned in the smash, piled into each other and folded up like an accordion. One was ripped apart as the train, carrying 218 passengers and four staffers, was about to enter Santiago de Compostela station in the northwestern region of Galicia.
Public television TVE said the train may have derailed as it was speeding, but a spokesman for state railway Renfe said it was too soon to specify the cause. The train was an Alvia model, which can adapt from high-speed to normal tracks.