USA :At least 2 dead and 25 injured in a train accident in Portugal

Lisbon, Jul 31 (EFE) .- A train accident in the Portuguese town of Soure, in the district of Coimbra (center), left at least two dead and 25 wounded, six of them serious, after a train collided with a machine that made repairs on the road.

Sources from the National Authority for Emergencies and Civil Protection (ANEPC) informed EFE that the two fatalities were workers who operated the machine that was carrying out repairs on the catenary.

The wounded received medical assistance at first at a field hospital installed in the area and were later transferred to the Coimbra University Hospital.

The train is an Alfa Pendular, which can reach 220 kilometers per hour, although local media suggest that it was slower because it had just made a stop, and was traveling with 212 passengers on board.

The accident, which was alerted at 15:30 local time (14:30 GMT) occurred when the train collided with a machine that was making repairs to the overhead lines, causing the first cars to derail.

More than 220 firefighters and other relief operations, 84 emergency vehicles and two aerial means were transferred to the scene of the accident.

Traffic on the Northern Line is interrupted between Alfarelos and Pombal, reported the companies Comboios de Portugal (CP, the country’s main railway operator) and Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP, which manages the railway infrastructures).

The Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, published a note on the official website of the Presidency regretting the accident and awaiting “the results of technical and judicial investigations.”

The Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos, moved to the scene of the accident.

(c) EFE Agency