Moment of Impact Caught on Camera as Spanish High-Speed Train Derails [VIDEO]

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A speeding train slammed into a concrete wall Wednesday as it approached Santiago de Compostela, a small city in northwest Spain. The train was reportedly traveling at 190 km/h (120 mph) as it rounded a corner, speeding at more than twice the posted 80 km/h limit. All eight of the train’s cars plowed into the concrete wall as the cars left the tracks, killing at least 78 and injuring more than 140 in Spain’s deadliest train accident in 40 years. One of the train’s drivers is being formally investigated as cleanup continues. 218 people were aboard the six-hour trip from Madrid to Ferrol; the train was only about 95 km (60 mi) from its final destination when it crashed.

This month alone has been a tragic one for train accidents: this latest crash comes on the heels of the Lac-Megantic explosion in Quebec that killed around 50 and one just outside of Paris that took killed six.

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126 comments
paulgeorges
paulgeorges

At least the driver will need  to spend some time in jail, to think about what he did ! But not at all ! ! !   Do we really kwow to who we confide our life every day : boat captain,bus driver,surgeon,doctor,pharmacist........  Do they really always care about others ? What's about penalty when they are ?

Ángel Castro Parada
Ángel Castro Parada

Lo mismo te podemos decir a ti. No hables sin conocimiento de causa. En este tramo de vía no existía sistema de frenado automático. Eso en sí mismo ya es un fallo técnico grave, pero el conductor era consciente de ello, y aun así tomo la curva a 190 km hora. Claramente es culpable. Otra cosa que está por demostrar es si fue el único culpable. Y hay gente que por adelantarte en la carretera y adelantar un minuto, vamos por ir delante tuya no más, aceleran como bestias y se te cruzan por delante aun a riesgo de que no te dé tiempo a frenar. Gañanes que hacen el burro porque sí abundan en la tierra, si nunca los has visto probablemente es que conduzcas por marte.

Magnumm Freire-Nobre
Magnumm Freire-Nobre

Bruno Bayma Marques Bernardo Garcia Emanuel Mateus Flávio Rovere Eric Viguier Leandro Maia

Roman D. Sanz
Roman D. Sanz

Next is for Nobel prize, come on, you can do it.

Roman D. Sanz
Roman D. Sanz

Not the same, sorry... Spanish train drivers will never risk thir lives to reach the station at time. And get more info, there were 2 drivers, not one. So don't point to them as the media want. Because the media in Spain is undercontrol of the gov.

Roman D. Sanz
Roman D. Sanz

O es que piensas que un conductor va a riesgar su vida por llegar a tiempo? eres de Marte? Ahora, si te refieres a la irresponsabilidad del presidente del gobierno español que ha provocado los recortes en ifraestructuras que pueden ser factores condicionantes de éste siniestro, enotnces te digo que sí, que qué pena que por la irresponsabilidad de un tipo pasen estas cosas.

Roman D. Sanz
Roman D. Sanz

Diculpa, no deberías hablar sin conocimiento de causa. Supongo que te refieres al conductor. Pues sepas que eran dos los conductores, y que sepas que existían medios de frenado automático, que no pueden ser eludidos voluntariamente por los maquinistas. Así que investiga un poco antes de decir sandeces.

Afza Zaidi
Afza Zaidi

what the hell... time is so sneaky..they know tht ppl today want footage cause theyre crazy about it... yet im sure there has been footage for ALL collisions since there are security/street cams ...

Scott Day
Scott Day

Time... lately all I see from you is some family out of some backward tradition having a child, now you think I want to click this and watch some train accident? Why would I want to see this?

Raavi Manish
Raavi Manish

too fast to find an escape route, may the departed souls RIP

Leonor Azevedo Miranda
Leonor Azevedo Miranda

The worst above all is that driver had taken a photo some months ago and showing he'd like to drive high speed and with a photo of the speedometer at 200 km/h !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ON HIS FACEBOOK PROFILE!

Loli M Gómez
Loli M Gómez

I'm Spanish, Galician, live quite close to the accident scene. We're overcome with grief at the huge amount of dead people, casualties and horror. But I'm personally devastated by the role newspapers, media in general, are playing. Who spread this video if it's material that would have been kept by authorities in order to investigate the causes of the accident?? Why are the media starting their own trial, crucifying the engine driver? Police investigate, media tell. Don't change the roles. Let's be patient and rely on Justice; everything else is just speculation.

Maxim Dronov
Maxim Dronov

do you need to prove any article you read by liking the post? what for?!

Devin Drake
Devin Drake

Don't like. Seems a little fishy. Those trains are designed to go full speed all the time. I'm just sayin'. Terrible.

Bent Johannes Knudegaard
Bent Johannes Knudegaard

As long as Face-book does not provide alternatives You have to click "like" to tell that You have seen the post!

Dr_D_
Dr_D_

Awful incident. Could provide sufficient impetus to explore better designs that can provide safe travel around corners at speeds much higher than the rather low posted 80km/h (48 mi/h) limit. So many train accidents this month? May be scientists, numerologists, astrologers, crystal gazers, etc can meet and find why it is so? Invite me and I would be happy to share my ideas. 

Jerzy Warszyński
Jerzy Warszyński

taki barbarzyński maszynistów idiotyzm aż odbiera powietrze z oddechu.

Peter Laszlo
Peter Laszlo

Tragic incident, but this clip shows that there is a camera almost everywhere rerording our movements.

Jowie Bayaca
Jowie Bayaca

but this was already resolved by engineers, it was just another factor.

Lucy Buxbaum
Lucy Buxbaum

You know what they say about train wrecks...