One dead, three hurt in Spanish train derailment

9th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

A suburban train derailed in the town of Lezama, leaving the driver dead and three passengers injured.

Madrid – A suburban train derailed in Spain's northern Basque Country Thursday, killing the driver and injuring three passengers, regional authorities said.
The accident in the town of Lezama occurred when the train hit the buffer at the end of the line for reasons that were not immediately clear, a spokesman for the Basque interior ministry said.

One of three passengers injured was in serious condition, the spokesman said. He was unable to say how many people were on the train.

The accident occurred hours after a bomb alert attributed to the ETA separatist group halted rail traffic on another line in the Basque Country. Rail traffic was halted for about four hours.

A telephone caller claiming to be speaking for ETA told emergency services three bombs had been placed on the line between Zumarraga and Irun, a ministry spokesman said.

Police searched the 70 kilometres (45 miles) of track as the caller gave no details of the location of the bombs or the time at which they were set to explode.

Traffic resumed after no devices were found, the spokesman said.

AFP / Expatica


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