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Friday 18 April 2014

11 hurt as rockfall derails train

Railway workers next to a derailed train carriage near Golbardo, Spain (AP)

Eleven passengers have been injured after rockfall derailed a train in Spain and the first carriage partially plunged into a river just west of the northern city of Santander.

Three people were taken to hospitals in Santander and Torrelavega with serious injuries, while eight received first aid for minor injuries, said regional government spokeswoman Patricia Fernandez.

Heavy rain and hail had been falling in the area and a rockfall caused the carriage to leave the tracks at Cabezon de la Sal, 280 miles (450km) north of Madrid, according to Adif, national operator of rail infrastructure.

Divers were called to the scene but national train operator Renfe said all passengers had been accounted for and a search of the river had not been necessary.

Press Association

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