Spain passenger train derails, killing at least 40

MADRID (AP) -- Officials say a passenger train has derailed in northwestern Spain, killing at least 40 people and leaving hundreds injured.

State-owned train operator Renfe says in a statement that 218 passengers and an unspecified number of staff were on board at the time of the accident. Renfe did not give an estimate of the numbers of dead or injured.

A photographer at the scene said he saw dozens of what appeared to be dead bodies being extracted from the wreck by emergency workers. TVE showed footage of what appeared to be several bodies covered by blankets alongside the tracks next to the damaged train wagons.
 

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