56 injured in Barcelona train crash


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At least 56 people were injured when a train crashed as it was entering a central station in Barcelona during the morning rush on Friday, the Regional Emergency Officials said.

The regional commuter train was travelling from the ocean-side village of Sant Vicenc de Calders to the north-eastern Spanish city.

The train derailed as it made its way into the Franca station, located near the Catalonia regional parliament building in Barcelona.

Officials said 19 people were taken to hospital while the rest were treated on the platform by paramedics.

They said several people bled with wounds on their heads and falling over one another as the train careened off its rails.

Transport Minister Inigo de la Serna and Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau visited the scene along with other politicians.

The Railway Company and police have launched an investigation into the cause of the crash.

Initial findings showed the 31-year-old train driver, who escaped with minor injuries but was said to be in a state of shock, was not going at an excessive speed.

He had seven years’ experience on the job.

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