A train crash in central Spain has killed seventeen people and injured more than twenty other passengers.
GV LONG SHOT Derailed train and wreckage at Torralba Del Moral, Spain
SV Sign "Torralba"
GVs Wrecked train (4 shots)
GV Crane removing wreckage of train from track as people look (2 shots)
GV Carriage being lifted by crane
CU Couplings on train PULL OUT TO locomotive trying to two wrecked locomotive away
GV Wrecked carriages being moved by cranes (2 shots)
CU Sign in carriage window "coche 013" PULL BACK TO GV wrecked carriage (2 shots)
GV PAN FROM Sign "Talgo" on coach TO wreckage further down train
GV Intact end of train on track with red signal in foreground
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Background: A train crash in central Spain has killed seventeen people and injured more than twenty other passengers. The accident happened on Tuesday night (15 July) when the sleek red and silver "Talgo" express -- pride of the Spanish railways -- crashed into a stationary goods train at the village station of Torralba Del Moral after a violent thunderstorm put railway signals out of action.
SYNOPSIS: The storm caused a power black-out which cut the signals on the track. The Spanish state railway company "Renfe" said the express train -- speeding from Barcelona to Madrid -- should then have stopped. But the company said the "Talgo" went straight through the signals and collided with the goods train. Rescue workers using cranes and blow torches worked throughout the night to try to cut their way into the crumpled first four carriages of the luxury train.
The heavy rain and a second lighting failure hampered the efforts of firemen and Red Cross workers to free the victims and treat the injured. All the casualties were at the front of the thirteen-carriage train and the passengers at the back walked away unhurt. The drivers and guards of both trains were reported to have been killed.
Dozens of passengers were rushed to hospitals at Soria, Guadalajara and Madrid which is about one hundred and sixty kilometres (about 100 miles) away from the station. It was Spani's most serious rail accident since last December when twenty people were killed after a runaway train crashed into a passenger train near Barcelona.