Portugal train accident leaves 2 dead, 9 severely injured

A train derailed on Friday, close to Coimbra in central Portugal, killing two people and injuring dozens, including nine severely injured, Portuguese SIC TV reported.

A total of 280 passengers were on the train bound for Porto when the crash, with a working machine occurred, a source from the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC) told SIC TV.

According to a local official, Mario Nunes, two dozen injured were sent to several local hospitals.

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The rest of the people on the train were being taken to a municipal centre where they would have psychological and medical support after being attended at a small field hospital.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa lamented the “serious railway accident” this afternoon.

“Heartfelt condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims and I wish the numerous injured people a speedy recovery.

“Awaiting the results of the technical and judicial investigations,’’ the president said in a statement. (Xinhua/NAN)

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