31 Jul, 2020 15:55 / Updated 17 hours ago
FILE PHOTO Alfa Pendular, high-speed train of the Portuguese state railway CP, Comboios de Portugal, in Santa Apolonia Railway Station, Lisbon, Portugal © Global Look Press/Stefan Kiefer/imageBROKER.com
There were 240 passengers on board the Alfa Pendular train, which is the fastest in Portugal, they said. A witness told Portuguese newspaper Diário de Noticias that there was panic inside the train.
The train, travelling north from Lisbon to Braga, derailed after smashing into a railway maintenance
The Alfa Pendular high-speed train – the fastest in Portugal – went off the tracks in the central part of the country after colliding with a maintenance machine. The collision which occurred near the city of Soure left at least two people dead and some 50 injured.
The train was carrying 280 people, according to a local civil protection association. The country’s national relief operations authority, CNOS, said over 160 rescue personnel are working at the site, as well as two medical helicopters. The District Command of Relief Operations in the neighboring city of Coimbra also said that a field hospital is being set up at the crash site
Rescue services at a site of a train crash in Soure, Coimbra, Portugal. At least one person died and about 50 other passengers were injured.
Seven people, including the train driver are reportedly in a serious condition, while 30 have only minor injuries. The mayor of Soure, Mario Nunes, said the two people killed in the crash were working on the rails at the time the train and the maintenance machine collided.