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Wednesday , 18 October 2017
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Barcelona Train Crash

At least 54 people have been injured, one seriously, after a train crashed at a station in the Spanish city of Barcelona, officials say.

The incident happened during the morning rush hour at the Francia station, in the city centre.

Reports said the train did not brake properly when entering the station, hitting the buffers at the platform.

Dozens of emergency personnel were sent to the station, with most of the injured being treated on the platform.

Emergency services said as well as the seriously wounded person, who does not have life-threatening injuries, 19 people were moderately hurt.

They are being treated in hospital. Among them is the driver, who is said to be in a state of shock.

One person is seriously injured, 19 people are in a less serious condition, including the train conductor, and another 34 people suffered minor injuries, the emergency services said.

The department earlier said at least 18 people required hospitalization.

No deaths have been reported, authorities said. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

“At the moment of impact I had the feeling of experiencing an earthquake,” as per one passenger.

“People were swaying back and forth and colliding into each other. Many people fell to the ground because people were standing up and I saw several people with cuts to the head and face from the blows they suffered when they fell.”

Among those hurt were three citizens from France and Romania, local authorities said. Their respective consulates have been informed.

The accident happened at 07:15 (05:15 GMT) after the train had travelled from the village of Sant Vicenç de Calders, some 60km (37 miles) to Barcelona’s south-west.

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