Death Toll Rises in Spain Train Derailment

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_5da8a16450.jpgMIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images(SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain) -- A massive train derailment in northwestern Spain Wednesday evening has left at least 77 people dead and more than 100 injured. A preliminary investigation suggested that excessive speed might have played a role in the crash two miles from the station at Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the region of Galicia, which is near Portugal.

According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, the train was going 110 mph in a stretch where it was only supposed to be traveling 50 mph.

The express train, which was carrying 218 passengers, was not the highest-speed model although it traveled on high-speed tracks.

Witnesses said that between 10 and 13 cars overturned when the train derailed.  One car reportedly went as high as 15 feet in the air and was found 45 feet from the track.

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