At least two dead and 37 injured in a train accident in Portugal | International

Commuters at the Porto station before boarding an Alfa Pendular train in October 2018.
Commuters at the Porto station before boarding an Alfa Pendular train in October 2018.Horacio Villalobos / Corbis via Getty Images

A train accident this Friday in the Portuguese town of Soure, in the Coimbra district (center), has left at least two dead and 37 wounded after a train collided with a machine that was making repairs to the track. A spokesman for the National Relief Operation Center (CNOS) has told Reuters that of the wounded, seven are serious.

Sources of the National Authority for Emergencies and Civil Protection (ANEPC) have informed EFE that the number of victims is still provisional and could be higher. The driver has been trapped in the iron mess, according to sources cited by the public channel RTP. The affected train is an Alfa Pendular, which can reach 220 kilometers per hour – the fastest operating in the country – and covered the journey between Lisbon and Porto with 212 passengers on board.

144 troops and 29 emergency vehicles have been transferred to the scene of the accident, some 30 kilometers southwest of the city of Coimbra, although reinforcements are expected to arrive. Given the size of the accident, a field hospital will be set up in the area, the Portuguese radiotelevision has indicated.

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