Monday 22 October 2018

Dozens injured in commuter train crash in Spain

Emergency services stand near a train that hit the buffers in Alcala de Henares, central Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Emergency services in Spain said more than 40 people were treated, four of them for serious injuries, after a double-decker commuter train crashed into a barrier in a town near Madrid on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Emergency services stand near a train that hit the buffers in Alcala de Henares, central Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Emergency services in Spain said more than 40 people were treated, four of them for serious injuries, after a double-decker commuter train crashed into a barrier in a town near Madrid on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
An injured passenger is taken from a train station to an ambulance in Alcala de Henares, central Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Emergency services in Spain said more than 40 people were treated, four of them for serious injuries, after a double-decker commuter train crashed into a barrier in a town near Madrid on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Police officers stand by a train that hit the buffers in Alcala de Henares, central Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Emergency services in Spain said more than 40 people were treated, four of them for serious injuries, after a double-decker commuter train crashed into a barrier in a town near Madrid on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Ambulances wait outside a train station after a train hit the buffers in Alcala de Henares, central Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Emergency services in Spain said more than 40 people were treated, four of them for serious injuries, after a double-decker commuter train crashed into a barrier in a town near Madrid on Friday. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Nearly 40 passengers were injured, two of them seriously, when a double-decker commuter train crashed into a track buffer at a station outside Madrid, Spanish authorities have said.

The Madrid region's Summa 112 emergency services initially reported that 45 people were treated and four suffered serious injuries from the afternoon accident, but it later lowered the total number of those seen to 39.

In a statement, the service said two were taken to hospital with serious injuries, 11 more had moderate injuries and the rest were treated for bruises and anxiety.

Spain's railway operator Renfe said the accident happened at 3.37pm (1437GMT) at the end of a track at Alcala de Henares station, some 40 kilometres (24 miles) east of the Spanish capital.

An injured passenger is taken from a train station to an ambulance in Alcala de Henares, central Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Emergency services in Spain said more than 40 people were treated, four of them for serious injuries, after a double-decker commuter train crashed into a barrier in a town near Madrid on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
An injured passenger is taken from a train station to an ambulance in Alcala de Henares, central Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Emergency services in Spain said more than 40 people were treated, four of them for serious injuries, after a double-decker commuter train crashed into a barrier in a town near Madrid on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Renfe said in a statement it was investigating the cause of the crash.

A similar accident involving a commuter train that crashed into a buffer in Barcelona sent more than 50 people to hospital in July at the height of the tourism season.

Emergency services stand near a train that hit the buffers in Alcala de Henares, central Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Emergency services in Spain said more than 40 people were treated, four of them for serious injuries, after a double-decker commuter train crashed into a barrier in a town near Madrid on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Emergency services stand near a train that hit the buffers in Alcala de Henares, central Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Emergency services in Spain said more than 40 people were treated, four of them for serious injuries, after a double-decker commuter train crashed into a barrier in a town near Madrid on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Last month, 27 people were injured after a passenger car derailed when a track flooded between the southern Spanish cities of Malaga and Seville.

Ambulances wait outside a train station after a train hit the buffers in Alcala de Henares, central Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Emergency services in Spain said more than 40 people were treated, four of them for serious injuries, after a double-decker commuter train crashed into a barrier in a town near Madrid on Friday. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Ambulances wait outside a train station after a train hit the buffers in Alcala de Henares, central Spain, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Emergency services in Spain said more than 40 people were treated, four of them for serious injuries, after a double-decker commuter train crashed into a barrier in a town near Madrid on Friday. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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