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Fatality reported following Spanish landslide train derailment

Spanish rail infrastructure operator Adif has reported that one person has been killed and 44 others injured – three seriously – after a commuter train derailed after hitting landslide debris near Barcelona this morning.

Heavy rain is believed to have triggered the slope failure near the town of Vacarisses causing the derailment of the six-carriage train, which was travelling between Manresa and Barcelona and had 131 people on board.

Local media reports suggest that slope failures in the same area caused train derailments in 2009 and 2011.

Rock attenuation netting was fitted but Spanish transport minister Jose Luis Abalos said “it did not hold back the landslide”.

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