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Monday, July 03, 2006

More than 30 people killed in underground crash in Valencia

Metro Valencia by Manolo-LopezSubway crash in Eastern Spanish City

This afternoon at least 34 people were killed and more than 20 seriously injured when a speeding underground train ran off the tracks and overturned

"Two train carriages derailed and toppled over in a tunnel just before entering the Jesus underground station after a wheel broke on a curve at about 1 p.m., officials said."

A survivor from one of the carriages described how he made his escape through a door window.

"There was a bang, some very strange noises, everything shook and I passed out. They told me when the firemen came. I don't know how long they took, but that's when I got up". From Yahoo News

I travelled on the underground in Valencia about two years ago and my sympathies are with the families of the dead and also wish the injured a good recovery. Spain is still very shaky following the train bombings by Islamist extremists that killed 191 people in Madrid in 2004. However, this appears to have been a tragic accident and doubtless more news will be uncovered as the day progresses.

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