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    Dozens Killed in Train Derailment in Spain

    A wounded victim sits next to a body covered with a blanket after a train crashed near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 24, 2013.
    A wounded victim sits next to a body covered with a blanket after a train crashed near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 24, 2013.
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    Investigators are trying to determine what caused a train in northern Spain to jump the tracks, killing 77 people and injuring more than 140.

    The derailment Wednesday near a station outside the ancient city of Santiago de Compostela is Spain's deadliest train crash since 1972 when a train collided with a bus in southern Spain, killing 80 people.

    Emergency workers worked through the night to rescue survivors.  Television footage showed smoke rising from the wreckage and bodies covered by blankets alongside the tracks next to the twisted metal of the train's eight cars.

    Raw video of train wreck:
    Spain Train Accidenti
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    July 25, 2013 2:12 PM
    Dramatic video released Thursday shows the moment a train in northern Spain jumped the tracks, killing 77 people and injuring more than 140.


    Rescue teams used cranes Thursday to move the carriages from the scene of the derailment.

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was born in Santiago de Compostela, has arrived in his hometown to survey the crash site.

    Officials in Santiago de Compostela have cancelled ceremonies planned for Thursday, when Christian pilgrims from around the the world converge on the city to celebrate an annual festival honoring Saint James, the disciple of Jesus, whose remains are said to rest in a shrine.

    The region of Galicia where Santiago de Compostela is located has declared seven days of mourning to honor the victims of the crash.
     
    • A passenger train passes by a wrecked train engine at the site of the train crash in Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 26, 2013. 
    • Luis Verde Remeseiro, director of the Hospital Clinico de Santiago de Compostela, talks to journalists in front of the hospital in Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 26, 2013. 
    • Rail workers clear the tracks next to a wrecked train engine at the site of the train crash in Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 26, 2013. 
    • A passenger train passes by a wrecked train engine at the site of the train crash in Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 26, 2013. 
    • A crane removes a carriage from the tracks at the site of a train crash near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 25, 2013. 
    • A relative of one of the victims of the train crash reacts in Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 25, 2013. 
    • Victims receive help after a train crashed near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 24, 2013. 
    • Rescue workers pull victims from a train crash near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 24, 2013. 
    • Emergency personnel respond to a train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 24, 2013.
    • Emergency personnel treat survivors after a train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 24, 2013.
    • Emergency personnel respond to a train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 24, 2013.
    • Emergency personnel at the scene of a train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 24, 2013.
    • Rescue workers pull victims from a train crash near Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 24, 2013.
    • Rescue workers and officials are seen amongst the wreckage of the train crash near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, early July 25, 2013. 
    • Relatives of the victims involved in the train accident react at a victims' information point in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 25, 2013. 

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