Scores feared dead in Spanish train accident

A high-speed passenger train that was reportedly traveling at more than double the speed limit derailed just outside a station in northwestern Spain on Wednesday evening, killing at least 60 of those on board, according to local news reports.

The train, carrying 218 passengers and four crew members, was traveling between Madrid and Ferrol when it derailed at 8:41 p.m. local time, the Spanish national train company Renfe said in a statement. It was about 2 miles from the station in the city of Santiago de Compostela.

Citing unidentified sources, the website of the Spanish newspaper El País reported that the train had been traveling at 110 mph, but that the speed limit for the stretch of track where the derailment occurred was 50.

The train derailed with such force that one car leapt 15 feet in the air and 45 feet from the tracks, the newspaper said.

— New York Times News Service

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