50 treated after commuter train crash

50 treated in commuter train crash
BUSY MORNING: Francia is Barcelona's second main train station after Sants, which handles the bullet train and most intercity services Photo credit newsletter.co.uk

OVER 50 people received medical treatment after a Spanish commuter train crashed into the buffers in a station in north-eastern Barcelona last Friday.

Regional health chief Antoni Comi said 54 people in all received medical treatment, with 51 taken to city hospitals. He said just one person was seriously injured. ‘When the train arrived at Francia station it applied the brakes but at the same time it made a noisy crash,’ Said Saharaui, a passenger on the train told the Spanish press. ‘The passengers were thrown to the floor,’ he said. ‘Even though the train did brake it wasn’t until the crash when it reached a full stop.’ Damage was done to the train’s nose and between the train’s first and second car.

RENFE rail company spokesman Antonio Carmona said there were no immediate details on the cause of the accident, which happened at 7.15am in Francia station. The train had started at the coastal town of Sant Vicenc de Calders, south of Barcelona. Comi said some 18 emergency service units were deployed. ‘We were able to attend to the injured very quickly,’ he said.

The accident came as RENFE rail workers staged a one-day strike. The affected train was running as part of minimum services ordered by the Public Works ministry.

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