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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Photos: 56 people injured in Barcelona rush-hour train crash

Some 56 people were injured on Friday morning when a Spanish commuter train crashed into terminal buffers during Barcelona’s rush hour, Spain’s Public Works Minister Inigo de la Serna said.
Officials say only one person, who received a blow to the chest, was seriously injured. The cause of the crash, which occurred at 7:15 a.m, is still under investigation.

The smash coincided with the start of a national rail strike throughout Spain
 Most of the injured were in the front carriages, and were thrown to the ground by the force of the crash
Emergency services said most of the injured were in the front of the train waiting to get off
Barcelona's civil protection said the force of the impact caused the train to derail as well
The force of the crash knocked many passengers on to the ground, injuring their hands and heads on the broken glass
The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but investigators have begun examining whether it was human error or mechanical failure
Some of the witnesses initially thought that the crash was an earthquake or bomb 
Many of those injured were able to be treated at the station by paramedics, but 18 had to be taken away to hospital
The train driver was knocked out by the force of the crash, but was later revived by paramedics
 The crash coincided with a national strike by train drivers, protesting against the 'dismantling of Spain's public rail system'
The train was pulling into the station when it ploughed into a buffer, wounding dozens 

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