Dozens Killed After Train Derails in Spain

More than 70 people are dead and 130 injured after a train derailed in Spain.

The crash happened just before 9 p.m. Wednesday on a curvy stretch of track outside the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. It was the country's worst train accident since 1972.

Rescuers rushed to the eight carriage train, which was traveling from Madrid. The accident happened the night before the start of an annual religious festival that brings tens of thousands to Santiago de Compostela.

Investigators spent the night combing through toppled rail cars, one of which was severed in two.

Government official says there's still no clear reason why the accident happened, and they have not given any indication the derailment was caused by an act of terror. A Spanish newspaper cited sources close to the investigation as saying the train was traveling more than twice the speed limit.

The state owned train operator says it is cooperating with investigators. Early Thursday a team began removing the train cars as they try to figure out what went wrong.

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