Train crash in Barcelona, several injured
The train from Madrid crashed as it hurtled round a sharp bend at 179 kilometres per hour. Photograph: (AFP)
A train slammed into the end of a platform during the morning rush hour at a busy station in Barcelona on Friday, leaving at least 54 people injured.
Many of the passengers were already standing, ready to get off, when the train crashed, Reuters quoted La Vanguardia newspaper. At the time of the accident many passengers were travelling standing up, which increased the number of injuries, AFP reported.
The train travelling from Sant Vicenc de Calders, ran into buffers at the station in the morning, a spokesman for Spanish train operator Renfe told AFP.
The accident coincided with the start of a national rail strike which forced the cancellation of hundreds of trains. It was not immediately clear how many people were on the train at the time of the accident, an emergency services spokeswoman told AFP.
The accident comes as Spain this week marked the four year anniversary of one of the country's worst rail disasters in which 80 people died in 2013 near the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela.