November 20, 2018 / 6:50 AM / 23 days ago

Train derails in north Spain, killing one, 44 hurt

Rescue workers survey the scene after a commuter train derailed between Terrassa and Manresa, outside Barcelona, Spain, November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea

MADRID (Reuters) - A commuter train derailed outside the Spanish city of Barcelona on Tuesday, killing one person and leaving 44 injured, the emergency services said on twitter.

A landslide triggered the crash between the northeastern towns of Terrassa and Manresa just after 6 a.m. (0500 GMT), a spokeswoman for the train company, Renfe said. The train carried 131 people.

Rescue workers were trying to free passengers trapped in the wreckage, Spanish television reported.

The north of Spain has suffered heavy rains in the last few days causing flooding and landslides.

In 2013, 79 people were killed and about 140 injured when a train travelling from Madrid to northwest Spain came off the tracks. It was Spain’s worst train wreck for decades.

Reporting by Paul Day and Tomas Cobos; Editing by Nick Macfie and Peter Graff

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