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Spanish investigators probe cause of deadly train derailment, rule out terrorism

Jul 25th, 2013 - International News

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) — Spanish investigators are trying to determine what caused a passenger train to jump the tracks just before arriving in the northwestern shrine city of Santiago de Compostela yesterday.

The accident happened on the eve of a major religious festival that attracts tens of thousands of Christians from around the world every year. Spain's Interior Ministry says the possibility that the derailment was caused by a terrorist attack has been ruled out.

The death toll rose to at least 78 as rescue workers searched through smashed cars alongside the tracks, and officials say it could go higher. More than 140 people were injured.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was born in Santiago de Compostela, is visiting the crash scene today. Officials in the city have canceled ceremonies for the religious festival today.

A security camera has captured the moment when a Spanish train veers off the track and crashes into a wall at high speed.

The footage posted Thursday on YouTube shows the train rounding a bend, making a turn to the left underneath a road overpass.

The train's first carriage behind the locomotive appears to come off the tracks first, slamming the tail of the locomotive into a concrete wall.

All the carriages can be seen starting to come off the tracks as the locomotive hurtles toward the camera position.

The security camera footage appears to stop at the moment that the engine crashes into it.

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