Disastrous Train Crash

On the eve of one of Europe’s biggest Christian festivals, a train traveling at excessive speed derailed and caught fire on Wednesday, July 24, near the ancient city of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Of the 247 people on board, at least 78 were killed and more than 100 injured. It was one of Europe’s deadliest rail disasters in decades.

Relatives of passengers involved in the train crash wait for news at the Cersia Building in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The train, which was traveling at excessive speed, derailed and caught fire as it approached the city. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Relatives of passengers involved in the train crash wait for news at the Cersia Building in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The train, which was traveling at excessive speed, derailed and caught fire as it approached the city. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Emergency members attend to passengers injured in a train accident near Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (Lavandeira Jr./EFE via Zuma Press/MCT)

Emergency members attend to passengers injured in a train accident near Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (Lavandeira Jr./EFE via Zuma Press/MCT)

A victim is helped from the scene of the train crash near Santiago de Compostela, Spain. REUTERS/Monica Ferreiros/La Voz de Galicia

A victim is helped from the scene of the train crash near Santiago de Compostela, Spain. REUTERS/Monica Ferreiros/La Voz de Galicia

A security camera at the train station shows the train derailing on impact. REUTERS/CCTV via Reuters TV

A security camera at the train station shows the train derailing on impact. REUTERS/CCTV via Reuters TV

Relatives of passengers involved in the train crash comfort each other as they wait for news on July 25, 2013 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Relatives of passengers involved in the train crash comfort each other as they wait for news on July 25, 2013 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Victims receive help after a train crashed in near the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. REUTERS/Xoan A. Soler/Monica Ferreiros/La Voz de Galicia.

Victims receive help after a train crashed in near the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. REUTERS/Xoan A. Soler/Monica Ferreiros/La Voz de Galicia.

A relative of one of the victims of the train crash cries as she speaks on the phone.  REUTERS/Eloy Alonso

A relative of one of the victims of the train crash cries as she speaks on the phone. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso

Rescuers help survivors from the scene of the crash. REUTERS/Xoan A. Soler/Monica Ferreiros/La Voz de Galicia

Rescuers help survivors from the scene of the crash. REUTERS/Xoan A. Soler/Monica Ferreiros/La Voz de Galicia

A crane removes a carriage from the tracks at the crash site. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

A crane removes a carriage from the tracks at the crash site. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

Relatives of one of the victims of a train crash comfort each other in Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 25, 2013. A train derailed outside the ancient northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday evening, killing at least 78 people and injuring as many as 131 in one of Europe's worst rail disasters in decades. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso

Relatives of one of the victims of a train crash comfort each other in Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 25, 2013. A train derailed outside the ancient northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday evening, killing at least 78 people and injuring as many as 131 in one of Europe’s worst rail disasters in decades. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso

Rescuers carry the body of a victim as other bodies covered with blankets lie on the ground, near the city of Santiago de Compostela on July 24, 2013. Passengers originated in Madrid and were bound for the northwestern town of Ferrol. AFP PHOTO/MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images

Rescuers carry the body of a victim as other bodies covered with blankets lie on the ground, near the city of Santiago de Compostela on July 24, 2013. Passengers originated in Madrid and were bound for the northwestern town of Ferrol. AFP PHOTO/MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images

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