Two trains collided near Barcelona this morning, injuring more than 150 passengers.
At 7:50 a.m. local time, passengers screamed when one train collided with another at a station in the town of Montcada i Reixac, just north of Barcelona, during rush hour.
Emergency services for Catalonia said 150 people had minor injuries, while five were in a serious condition.
Local media reported three people were taken to hospital with injuries such as a broken ankle.
Emergency services rushed to the scene and passengers from both trains were evacuated within half an hour.
Initial reports suggest that a train was traveling at speed and crashed into another stationary convoy that had stopped at the platform at Montcada i Rexaq.
A passenger told Ser Catalunya outlet she experienced a ‘tremendous shock’ at the moment of impact and said ‘people were screaming’.
Another passenger told local radio station RAC1 that ‘the train was full and my car, which was the last one, was full’ at the time of the collision.
A spokeswoman for the state rail operator said: “There was a collision between two trains at 7:50 a.m. at Montcada i Reixac-Manresa station on the line towards Barcelona, meaning one train ran into the other.” ,
Ester Capella, the representative of the Catalan government in Madrid, told Spanish national radio that authorities were investigating the incident.
A spokeswoman for the SEM regional emergency services said: ‘155 people were affected of whom 150 had minor injuries and five had minor injuries.’
She said 18 medical units had been deployed to the area, which is located six miles north of Barcelona.
A spokesman for the state rail operator said rail traffic along the line had been suspended in both directions and that Renfe had launched an investigation.