Spanish High-Speed Train Derails Due to Vehicle Collision

Spain: a high-speed Alvia train travelling between Ferrol and Madrid derailed on 2 June when it collided with a truck that had fallen off a bridge and on to the track.

The derailment occurred in Zamora on the Zamora-Ourense line. The driver of the vehicle and a trainee machinist on the locomotive have died. The train driver was injured while the 158 passengers are unharmed.

The Alvia high-speed train departed Ferrol at 10:37am before colliding with the truck at 4:11pm. Both the train driver and the trainee machinist were treated at the site for their injuries. However, it was not possible to resuscitate the trainee. The train driver, meanwhile, was taken to hospital.

Infrastructure manager Adif notified the emergency services as soon as the accident occurred. Train operator Renfe, meanwhile, put in place alternative arrangements for the passengers. They were taken to Zamora by bus from where they were able to continue their journey to Madrid by train.

Passengers on other trains have also had to be transferred to buses while the tracks remain unavailable.

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