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12 killed as train slams into beachgoers in Spain

Jun 24, 2010 9:46:00 AM - thestate.com
An express train barreling through a seaside station in northeastern Spain plowed into youths cutting across the tracks to get to a midnight beach party, killing at least 12 people, injuring 14 and turning a night of celebration into one of carnage and tragedy.

It was Spain's deadliest train accident since 2003.

A large group of people - many of them Latin American immigrants - got off a commuter train in the beach resort of Castelldefels south of Barcelona shortly before midnight Wednesday to head to the party. As the crowd jammed an underpass heading to the beach, about 30 people climbed down off the platform and tried to scurry across the tracks instead, witnesses said.

Seconds later, a long-distance train that does not stop at the station crashed into the youths at high speed, its whistle shrieking.

Marcelo Cardona, who was on the commuter train, said everyone on board had been looking forward to dancing around a bonfire on the Mediterranean shore.

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