The accident happened at 4.10pm today in Zamora and emergency services are on the scene releasing a number of people who were trapped in the wreckage. The train derailed in La Hiniesta, about seven miles from Zamora, on the Alvia 11553 Ferrol – Madrid service. Video footage has shown passengers wearing masks because of the coronavirus pandemic walking to safety along the track.
Early reports say the man who died was the car driver.
The vehicle is said to have fallen off a bridge and landed in front of the oncoming train.
Two drivers on the train have been injured but 108 passengers have reportedly escaped serious injury.
The engine of the train was derailed on impact with the car but the rest of the carriages stayed intact.
The two drivers have been taken to hospital.
Zamora’s emergency services rushed to the railway, including the fire brigade, police and Civil Guard.
The 112 service confirmed: “Several calls received in the Castilla y León 1-1-2 Emergency Service room alerting to the accident of a passenger train at the height of the La Hiniesta (Zamora).
“They indicate that the locomotive has run off the tracks, and the two occupants are injured and trapped.
“The wagons have left standing, the passengers are leaving on their own.
“The 112 operating room gives notice of the incident to the Civil Guard (COS), firefighters from Zamora, Red Cross, which sends a basic life support ambulance and Emergencias Sanitarias- Sacyl, which sends two medical helicopters, two basic life support ambulances and a mobile ICU.
“Upon arrival at the scene, the agencies report that the accident occurred when an off-road car fell from a bridge and the train collided with it.
“The tourist occupant had passed away.
“The two people trapped in the machine have been released and are being transferred to hospital.”
The train company Renfe also confirmed the accident on Twitter.
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