A crane removes a carriage from the tracks at the site of a train crash near Santiago de Compostela
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Spain crash: 'Mobile phones wouldn't stop ringing'

A train has derailed in north-western Spain, killing at least 77 of its 218 passengers and injuring more than 100, officials in the Galicia region say.

There are unconfirmed reports from Spanish newspapers say that one of the drivers has admitted entering the bend where the accident happened at more than twice the speed limit for that stretch of track.

Lidia Cannon, who had travelled to the city of Santiago de Compostela for the fiesta told the Today programme's John Humphrys: "We heard a big bang... people thought it was a bomb".

"A man was asking for his wife and his wife was inside dead."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 25 July 2013.

  • 25 Jul 2013
  • From the section Europe