Pope Benedict XVI to visit train crash site

6th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 July 2006, VALENCIA — Pope Benedict XVI is to visit the subway station where 42 people died in a train crash this week, it was reported on Thursday.

6 July 2006

VALENCIA — Pope Benedict XVI is to visit the subway station where 42 people died in a train crash this week, it  was reported on Thursday.

Vatican officials told EFE the Pope, as part of a visit to the city for the World Meeting of Families this weekend, will go to the Jesus station and pay a visit to the scene of Monday's tragedy.

Pope Benedict, who was informed of the accident shortly after it occurred, has been praying for the victims and their families and been following the news reports closely.

A total of 41 people were killed when the train - carrying about 150 passengers - derailed due to excessive speed on Metro Line 1 between the Jesus and Plaza de España subway stations.

The victims were 36 Spaniards, an Argentine, a Colombian, a Venezuelan, a Paraguayan and a Bulgarian. Another Spanish woman died on Thursday.

Another 46 were injured with some in critical condition.

The autopsy conducted on the driver, who was suspected of having fainted or become indisposed and therefore not able to reduce the train's speed, showed "nothing out of the ordinary," said the head of the Valencia regional government's health ministry, Rafael Blasco.

"There is no evidence that allows us to engage in any speculation about anything," he said.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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