The event took place in Vacarisses, a small village 35 km northwest of Barcelona, when two of the six carriages of the train that made the journey between Manresa and Barcelona were derailed, reported Civil Protection.
One person died and 44 others were injured, three seriously, in the derailment of a suburban train on Tuesday by a landslide in the vicinity of Barcelona (northeastern Spain), the emergency services reported.
The incident left “131 people affected. Of these, one person died, three minor, 41 minor and 86 unharmed,” explained on Twitter the civil protection corps of the region of Catalonia, where the accident occurred.
The event took place in Vacarisses, a small town 35 km northwest of Barcelona when two of the six carriages of the train that made the journey between Manresa and Barcelona were derailed, reported Civil Protection.
The convoy had left at 5:52 am local Manresa and the incident occurred at 6:15 am with 130 passengers on board who have already been evacuated, reported the Spanish public railway company Renfe in a statement.
According to Adif, the company that manages the railway network in Spain, the cause of the derailment was a landslide after a few days of heavy rains in the area.
The Spanish Minister of Public Works, José Luis Ábalos, explained to Cadena Ser radio that the “area was mallada but has not resisted all the rockslides,” without specifying whether this occurred before or while passing the train.
He also announced that his department will investigate the details of the accident, The landslides had already caused derailments in that area in 2009 and 2011, with no personal injury in the first and eleven minor injuries in the second, according to local press.