Fifty-four people were injured on Friday morning during a train accident at a station in northeastern Spain, one of them seriously, according to the emergency services.
A total of 54 wounded: one serious, 19 less severe (including the driver) and 34 lightweight, said the emergency services in the region of Catalonia on Twitter.
The rescuers had initially announced five seriously wounded before revising this balance sheet downward.
Among the wounded are a French and a Romanian, all the others being Spanish, told AFP a spokesman for civil protection.
The accident occurred at 7:15 am (0515 GMT) when the regional train struck the end of the track at the Gare de France in the historic center of Barcelona, according to the national company Renfe, which operates these trains.
The train departed at 6:00 am from Sant Vicenç de Calders, southwest of Barcelona, in the province of Tarragona, about 70 km.
He “went at a normal speed, did not brake and struck the iron pillar” at the end of the track, told AFPTV a security officer at the station wished to remain anonymous.
Video footage from amateurs showed the front of the train completely depressed for nearly two meters.
“At the time of the shock, we had the feeling of an earthquake, people were pitching and bumping against each other, many standing and falling to the ground, and I saw several people with cuts to The head and face caused by the fall, “told the Catalan daily La Vanguardia a traveler, Lidia, who was in the first wagon.
Streets were cut to facilitate relief work in the station, around which was observed an ambulance ballet.
Many passengers were standing in the crowded train early in the morning, which would have worsened the casualties.
Some injured were treated directly on the spot according to images broadcast on the social networks, which showed, however, travelers with the calm faces.
The regional police have begun the investigation into the circumstances of the accident, the Catalan emergency services said.
Renfe initiated his “assistance plan for victims and their families”.
The accident occurred in the course of a strike in the Spanish railway services, which had planned to provide about 66% of the traffic on these Catalan lines during peak hours.
The train, a spokesman for the rescue services said, was scheduled for 50 people, but it is unclear how many passengers were actually there.
Regional President Carles Puigdemont visited the site on Friday morning shortly after 9:00 am and Transport Minister Iñigo de la Serna was on his way.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for a moment set aside his open conflict with Independenceist Carles Puigdemont by calling him to discuss the accident.
The accident occurred while Spain was commemorating this week the tragedy that killed 80 people on July 24, 2013, in Santiago de Compostela (north-west).
On that day, a train arriving from Madrid had derailed in a dangerous curve, which it had approached at 179 km / h while speed was limited to 80 km / h in the hamlet of Angrois, four kilometers Of Santiago de Compostela.
Only the driver was prosecuted, but under the pressure of victim associations, the court reopened the investigation to address possible security negligence on the part of the network operator.