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Fatalities after passenger train derails in northwestern Spain

Miguel Riopa / AFP | A man stands near the wreckage of a train that derailed in O Porrino, northwestern Spain, on September 9, 2016

A passenger train derailed Friday in Spain's northwestern Galicia region, killing three people and injuring several others, authorities said.

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The Galician regional government said the accident occurred at 9:30 a.m. (0730 GMT) in Porrino, about 450 kilometers (280 miles) northwest of Madrid. It said emergency services dispatched doctors on helicopters to the scene. The regional government initially reported two deaths, and raised the death toll two hours later.

The train was traveling from Vigo to Porto, in neighboring Portugal.

Adif railway infrastructure company said it has openened an investigation. The derailment occurred on a straight stretch close to Porrino station.

Spanish media said the train was carrying around 60 passengers.

The train had three cars. The front one came completely off the track and hit a post next to the line, leaving it leaning to one side. The back two cars were partly off the tracks.

The train belonged to Portuguese rail company Comboios de Portugal.

(AP)

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