ARAHAL – A train derailed in the south of Spain on Wednesday, leaving at least 27 people injured, of which two were believed to be in serious condition, regional emergency services told EFE.
The accident occurred on the line between Seville and Malaga, when the train’s third coach, carrying 79 passengers, left the rails.
The most seriously injured was a man who fractured his pelvis.
The train derailed just before crossing a bridge, meaning it did not crash against the structure’s walls, which would have made the accident much more severe, the emergency services said.
Most people were injured when they were thrown around the inside of the coach as it lurched off the rails.
The coach, part of a modern, regional line train, ended up leaning over with part of its undercarriage clearly off the tracks completely.
Emergency services, firefighters, civil protection units and police officers were deployed to the area of the accident.
Photographs taken of the line showed how flooding had affected the tracks, especially where they ran under bridges and were near to where streams had broken their banks.
Police asked any residents of the nearby town of Arahal who had tractors to help rescue efforts, as several ambulances were stuck in mud after intense rains earlier in the morning.
The first injured people were helped by farmers who were working in nearby fields.