The train had traveled from the village of Sant Vicenç de Calders, some 60km (37 miles) to Barcelona’s south-west. Public Works Minister Inigo de la Serna said 56 people. received medical treatment, with 53 taken to city hospitals. One man was seriously injured by a blow to the chest, but his life was not in danger according to the regional health authorities.
Emergency crew at the scene of accident
“When the train arrived at Francia station it applied the brakes but at the same time it made a noisy crash. The passengers were thrown to the floor. Even though the train did brake, it wasn’t until the crash when it reached a full stop,” a passenger described what happened. Francia is Barcelona’s second main train station after Sants. Dozens of emergency personnel were sent to the station, with most of the injured being treated on the platform. The affected train was running as part of minimum services ordered by the Public Works Ministry as long as RENFE rail workers staged a one-day strike. Officials are investigating data and equipment from the driver’s cabin to try to understand the cause of the accident. The driver was between the injured people. He is said to be in a state of shock.