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Earlier in the same day, distressing video footage emerged of the moment a train in the Santiago de Compostela crashed, killing up to 80 passengers and leaving up to 168 injured in one of the worst train crashes in four decades.
36 of the injured, including four children, remain in a critical condition.
The footage, recorded by a security camera positioned above the track, shows the trains first carriage behind the locomotive come off the tracks first, slamming the tail of the locomotive into a concrete wall.
All the carriages can then be seen veering off the tracks as the locomotive hurtles towards the camera.
One of the train drivers is now being formally investigated by police, according to the BBC.
Spanish national newspaper El Pais has reported that the train operator admitted he had been driving the train at 180 km/h immediately after the incident.
The train, which was heading from Madrid to Ferrol, crashed off the high speed section of tracks near Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. After emerging from a tunnel the train, which was travelling at a "very fast" speed, it derailed on the curve and sent at least six carriages flying off the tracks at 8.41pm local time on Wednesday.
At least one caught fire in a scene that Alberto Nunez Feijoo, President of the region of Galicia described as “Dante-esque”.
Renfe, the state-owned train operator said in a statement that 218 passengers and an unspecified number of staff were on board at the time of the accident.
More than 70 bodies have been reportedly removed from the wreckage and rescuers are still searching through the smouldering carriages in search of survivors. A British national is among the injured, the Foreign Office has confirmed
Three days of mourning have now been declared in the Galicia region.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said the British Embassy were working to with Spanish authorities to help respond to the tragedy. “I was very saddened to hear of the terrible train accident near Santiago de Compostela in Spain last night, " he said.
”My thoughts are with all those affected and their friends and family. The British Embassy team in Spain are working closely with the Spanish authorities as they respond to this tragedy.
“We know that one British citizen was injured in this accident and the embassy has been providing consular support.”
A photographer at the scene said he witnessed dozens of dead bodies being extracted from the wreck by emergency workers. TVE showed footage of what appeared to be several bodies covered by blankets alongside the tracks next to the damaged train wagons and rescue workers entering toppled carriages through broken windows. Rescue workers were also seen in the television images caring for people still inside some of the wagons.
Television footage showed one wagon pointing upwards into the air with one of its ends twisted and disfigured. Another carriage had been severed in two and could be seen lying on a road near to the track.
The train, which is owned by Renfe, was not an AVE high speed train and was instead a relatively luxurious version that uses the same track as Spain's fastest expresses.
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