November 29, 2017 / 12:15 PM / in 18 days

Passenger train derails in Spain, 21 hurt

MADRID (Reuters) - A passenger train derailed in the Spanish province of Seville on Wednesday, leaving 21 people injured, one seriously, according to the Andalusia emergency services.

The medium-distance train was travelling between Malaga and Seville and slid off the tracks in the municipality of Arahal due to adverse conditions caused by heavy rain, a spokeswoman for the national transporter Renfe said.

Andalusia emergency services said earlier on Wednesday that they had attended more than 100 incidents caused by severe weather conditions in the Seville region, mostly on the roads.

Four people were killed and 47 injured after a train derailed in Galicia in northwestern Spain last year while some 80 people were killed in Spain’s worst rail disaster in decades when a high-speed train went off the tracks and slammed into a wall, also in Galicia.

Reporting by Paul Day; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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