At least two killed and dozens injured as high speed train smashes into a maintenance vehicle before derailing in Portugal
- High-speed train crashed in to maintenance vehicle near Coimbra in Portugal
- 280 passengers were on board the Alfa Pendular train which then derailed
- Officials report that two people have died and 50 are injured
- Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said accident is ‘very serious’
At least two people have reportedly died and 50 have been injured in a high-speed train crash near Coimbra.
The accident happened around 300 metres north of the train station in Soure, a town of around 20,000 inhabitants about 20 miles south west of the university city.
The train, an Alfa Pendular which connects all the major cities in Portugal, is understood to have derailed after a collision as it was heading south. Around 280 passengers were on board.
The alarm was sounded around 3pm local time today.
Mario Jorge, mayor of Soure, told local press it had hit a maintenance vehicle that was working at the scene of the crash.
A local emergency response centre has so far confirmed one death and 30 injuries, although there are reports the number of dead stands at ‘at least two’ and 50 people are injured. Seven of those hurt are said to be serious.
Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has described the train accident as ‘very serious.’
He said in a statement posted on the presidential website: ‘The President of the Republic regrets the serious train accident this afternoon.
‘He sends his most sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have died and wishes the many people injured a speedy recovery.’
A field hospital has been set up.