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Investigation underway at Spanish rail fatal landslide site

Spanish rail infrastructure Adif has said that it has launched an investigation into the cause of the landslide on 20 November at Vacarisses which derailed a train killing one person and injuring 44 others.

Adif said that it is collecting and analysing data from the site as repairs get underway to determine the exact cause of the slope failure.

Adif reports that remediation work was undertaken at the site in 2017 and comprised “clearing, cleaning, consolidation of materials, placing of static and dynamic barriers and protective netting, among other works”.

Recovery of the train has been completed and the 450m3 of fallen material has also been removed but Adif has said that stabilisation work needs to address a 180m length of the cutting. The rail infrastructure operator has said that some train services have been restored and it has staff on site working 24 hours a day to allow full reopening of the rail route soon.

The slope remediation work involves felling of 15 trees at the top of the cutting along with installation of more rock fall netting and associated anchoring with rock bolts. Adif has also said that a 400m section of rail will also be replaced, along with other railway infrastructure.

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