One death and 44 injured after train derails in central Catalonia

The train was carrying 133 people and the accident was caused by a landslide

The train accident in Vacarises, central Catalonia (by Bombers)
The train accident in Vacarises, central Catalonia (by Bombers) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

November 20, 2018 09:04 AM

One person has died and 44 others have been injured after a train derailed in central Catalonia, emergency services said on Tuesday.

The commuter train on the R4 line, which was carrying up to 133 people, came off the tracks following a landslide at 6.15 this morning.

While 86 of the passengers were unharmed, 41 were lightly injured. Three other people with injuries were admitted to hospital, although their condition is not serious.

Emergency services said all passengers have now been evacuated from the train.

Eleven ambulances and 14 firefighter rescue crews were deployed at the scene.

The accident happened between the stations of Vacarisses and Vacarisses Torreblanca on the route between the towns of Manresa and Sant Vicenç de Calders. 

Catalan president Quim Torra went to the scene of the accident and expressed his deep sorrow and condolences to the family of the fatal victim. He also thanked the emergency services for their quick response after the derailment.

The derailing of the train in Vacarisses is the third in this area since 2009. In January 2011, a train with 42 people on board derailed in the station of Vacarisses-Torreblanca, in which 11 people suffered minor injuries, among them the driver. In March 2009, another train derailed following a landslide. No one was injured.