Ten killed as train hits revelers crossing rail track

24th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

At least 10 people were killed when a high-speed passenger train slammed into a group of revelers crossing a railway track in northeastern Spain late Wednesday, regional authorities and Spanish media said.

Fifteen people were also injured in the accident at the Castelldefels Playa station south of Barcelona at around 11:30pm (2130 GMT), the interior ministry of the regional government of Catalonia said in a statement.

Spanish national radio put the death toll at 12 with four seriously injured.

Spanish media said the dead and injured were youths who were celebrating the Saint John's Day festival, which takes place annually on June 23 in the northeastern region of Catalonia and includes bonfires, fireworks, concerts and dances.

It said they had arrived at the station on another train and were crossing the tracks to go to the beach, although the station was equipped with a pedestrian underpass.

The interior ministry said the rail line was closed following the accident and dozens of teams of police, medics and firefighters and Red Cross workers were at the scene.

It said the passengers on the train, which was traveling between the eastern cities of Alicante and Barcelona, were unhurt.

© 2010 AFP

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