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Spanish train crash:- death toll now 80

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The death toll in the Spanish train crash has now risen to 80.

Ninety five people remain in hospital, 36 in a critical condition.

Pictures are emerging of the immediate aftermath of the crash.

They show emergency services having to cope with fire and smashing the windows of the carriages to get to the injured.

Conditions were made more difficult as choking smoke hampered the relief efforts.

Many local people went to the scene to see if they could help, some taking the initiative and trying to free trapped passengers themselves.

The train had eight carriages, all were badly damaged, some finished upside down.

It was just coming in to Santiago de Compostella around twenty to nine local time last evening when it jumped the tracks.

Medical staff at the scene tried to give emergency first aid.

Firefighters had been planning to strike, but it was cancelled when news of the tragedy came through.

Fleets of ambulances ferried the injured to hospital,

An investigation has been opened into the cause of the crash …. preliminary reports indicate the train was going too fast.

Police have placed one of the two train drivers under investigation.

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