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Published On: Thu, Jul 25th, 2013

CCTV Video of Spain train crash goes viral across Internet

The graphic video from CCTV shows a train derailing near the city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, north-west Spain, as it takes a bend on Wednesday evening.

Spain train derailingDozens of people have died as a result of the accident, with more than 130 injured. Seven days of mourning have been declared in north-western Galicia.

Analysis of video of the accident in the northern city of Santiago de Compostela suggested the train was going faster than 85mph on a bend where drivers are supposed to slow down after a straight stretch that allows them to reach up to 125mph.

“We were going strongly when we got into the curve,” one driver was reported to have admitted shortly after surviving the accident on Wednesday, which killed more than a third of the passengers and left 168 injured.

A spokeswoman for the Galicia supreme court said the driver, who was only slightly injured, was under investigation.

Rail safety experts said such accidents are usually the result of more than one failure, and questions will inevitably be asked about how warning signals about the train’s speed were not picked up and acted on.

On Thursday evening the death count looked set to creep up, with 36 of the 95 victims in hospital said to be in a critical condition.

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