Santiago de Compostela derailment

On 24 Julie 2013, an Alvia heich-speed train travellin frae Madrid tae Ferrol, in the north-wast o Spain, left its track at heich speed on a curve aboot 4 kilometre (2.5 mi) ootside o the railwey station at Santiago de Compostela. O the 222 fowk (218 passengers an 4 crew) aboard, aroond 140 wur injured an 79 died.[3]

Santiago de Compostela derailment
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Date24 Julie 2013 (2013-07-24)
Time20:41 CEST (UTC+02:00)[1]
LocationAngrois, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
2 mi (3.2 km) SE from Santiago de Compostela
Coordinates42°51′34.2″N 8°31′40″W / 42.859500°N 8.52778°W / 42.859500; -8.52778
Rail lineMadridFerrol
Teep o incidentDerailment
CauseExcessive speed on bend[2]
DamageAicht carriages,
ane dinin caur,
twa generator cars,
twa locomotives

The train's data recorder shawed that it wis travellin at ower twice the postit speed leemit o 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph) when it entered a bend in the line. The crash wis recordit on a track-side camera, which shaws aw thirteen vehicles derailin an fower owerturnin.

The crash wis Spain's worst rail disaster in 40 years, syne a crash in El Cuervo, Seville in 1972.[4] The Torre del Bierzo crash in 1944 remains the deadliest.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Descarrilo del tren Alvia Madrid-Ferrol" (in Spanish). RENFE. Retrieved 24 July 2013. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link) (Archived at WebCite)
  2. "Accidente en Santiago: La caja negra confirma que el tren iba a más de 190 km/h". La Voz de Galicia. Retrieved 24 July 2013. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 (in Spaingie) "El fallecimiento de una estadounidense eleva a 79 los muertos en el accidente de Santiago" RTVE. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  4. "El accidente de la cochinita deja 86 muertos". ELPAIS. Retrieved 29 July 2013.

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