Five Dead, Dozens Injured in Spain Train Crash

World | June 4, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00
Five Dead, Dozens Injured in Spain Train Crash At least five people were killed as a train collided head-on with a freight train Tuesday night in Chinchilla, central Spain. Photo by AP

At least five people have been killed and around 40 injured in a train collision in Spain.
The five were all train staff. Twenty-one passengers are missing and firefighters reported seeing bodies in the first three carriages destroyed by fire. The high-speed train had left Madrid and collided with a goods train near the southern city of Albacete. The goods train was originally thought to be carrying sulphuric acid, raising fears of contamination, but the Spanish state railway company said there was none on board. The injured have been taken to hospital in Albacete. "I was running and tried to open one of the doors but it was stuck. I tried another one opposite and got out. I saw everything was burning," one survivor said. The immediate cause of the crash was not known. Spain has been hit by 12 rail accidents this year.

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