Train derailment in Spain leaves dozens dead

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The Spanish newspaper El País paints a bloody picture of the scene of a train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain today.

Bodies, the paper reports, are strewn near the rails, as emergency personnel attempt to rescue others stuck inside the mangled remains of commuter train carriages.

Authorities say at least 35 people are dead and RENFE, the state railway company, said the train derailed while traveling on high-speed rails between Madrid and Ferrol. The train was carrying 218 passengers plus its crew.

The Spanish television station TVE reports eight carriages derailed while taking a curve. The train may have been fairly full, TVE reports, because the autonomous area of Galicia celebrates its national holiday on Thursday.

TVE has posted video. It's in Spanish, but you can see one of the rail cars is still smoldering:

Of course, this train derailment comes on the heels of two other major rail accidents. In France, eight were killed earlier this month and in Canada a derailment near Quebec left 50 dead.

Reuters reports that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was due to visit the site of the accident.

"Rajoy is in an emergency meeting with the deputy prime minister, the interior minister and the public works minister," a Spanish spokeswoman told Reuters. "He will visit the site tomorrow morning."

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