At least 155 injured in train collision in Barcelona

At least 155 people were injured after two trains collided in Barcelona. According to the Spanish newspaper El País, the accident occurred at the Montcada i Reixac-Manresa station, on the R4 line, around 7:50 am local time (3:40 am Brasília time). The tails of the incident are still being investigated.

The collision between the trains occurred at low speed and most of the passengers, including the injured, were able to leave the carriages on their own. Three of the injured had to be transferred to nearby health centres. However, the expectation is that they will be discharged soon.

The vehicles were evacuated in less than half an hour and there is no record of people being trapped in the wreckage.

Images circulating on social media show that parts of the vehicles that collided suffered damage. In addition, it is possible to observe passengers leaving the place with a thermal blanket on the street.

A witness told Ser Catalunya newspaper that he was waiting for the train when he heard a bang. “The stopped train moved two meters and stopped. Many people fell on impact because the train was so full.”

The Spanish Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez, thanked “the quick action of all emergency services and ADIF staff [companhia pública responsável pelas ferrovias]🇧🇷

Sánchez was also questioned about the frequent complaints about the Catalan rail network, to which she responded by asking line users not to confuse “this one-off episode, which has nothing to do with all the investments we make in Spain, especially in Catalonia, to improve the service.”

According to El País, the line affected by the accident, the R4, has a history of serious accidents in recent years. In November 2018, one person died and 49 others were injured due to a landslide on a hillside after heavy rains in Vacarisses.

A few months later, a driver was killed in a collision between two trains between Manresa and Sant Vicenç de Castellet stations, close to today’s incident.

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