Dramatic video footage from a security camera published on the showed a train careering into a wall at the side of the track as it came off the rails on the bend on Wednesday night. The train crash in Spain has killed at least 78 people, making it the worst train disaster in Spain since the Madrid terrorist bombings in 2006. Below is dramatic footage of the Spanish rail crash followed by some of the latest news.
Spain train crash kills 78 live footage video on moment of impact
More on the Spain train crash from Reuters news
One official source said speeding was a likely cause of the derailment, but the public works minister said it was too early to say exactly what had happened.
El Pais cited sources close to the investigation as saying the train was travelling at more than twice the speed limit for the sharp curve and Santiago’s mayor said the train was probably going too fast.
The train driver had been sedated, said Juan Jesus Garcia, the secretary general of the Renfe train drivers union, adding he hoped to visit him on Thursday.
He had been operating trains in the area for three years, Garcia said.
Neighbors ran to the site to help emergency workers tend to the wounded. Ana Taboada, a 29-year-old hospital worker, was one of the first on the scene.
“When the dust lifted I saw corpses. I didn’t make it down to the track, because I was helping the passengers that were coming up the embankment,” she told Reuters. “I saw a man trying to break a window with a stone to help those inside get out.”
“We heard a massive noise and we went down the tracks. I helped get a few injured and bodies out of the train. I went into one of the cars but I’d rather not tell you what I saw there,” Ricardo Martinez, a 47-year old baker from Santiago de Compostela, told Reuters.