Current Event Cat of the Day: Spanish Train Crash

Current Event Cat - Spanish Train

Fast and the Furious 8: Train Edition. With Spanish subtitles.

A passenger train derailed in Spain after it travelled too fast and too furiously around a curve. Reports indicate that the train was travelling at excessive speeds and ended up derailing outside Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.

The train was arriving at Santiago de Compostela, ahead of a major Christian festival in the religious city. Needless to say, the city of Santiago de Compostela canceled its annual July 25 celebration of St. James the Apostle, the patron saint of Spain and historic Galicia. The locals were NOT in a celebratory mood.

Spain’s worst rail crash in decades left at least 78 people dead and dozens more injured. Passenger cars were toppled on their sides, and one was torn open. Emergency workers continued to sort through the mangled debris more than 12 hours after the train crashed and burned.

The official cause of the crash has yet to be determined but since no technical problems were evident, everyone is giving the driver of the train the side-eye. One of the two train drivers has been put under formal investigation.

The driver, who was temporarily trapped in the cab of the train, said that the train had taken the curve at more than twice the speed limit of 50 miles per hour.

I hope no one died because it will weigh on my conscience,” he was quoted as saying.

He’s in for a surprise. And a heavy conscience.

Via: The New York Times & Current Event Cats

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