Spanish commuter train derails near Barcelona killing one and injuring 44 after landslide
- The train was thrown off the tracks between Terrassa and Manresa in Catalonia
- Emergency services have evacuated 131 people who were on board the train
- The landslide hit the commuter train at 6.15am this morning killing one person
- Five of the those injured have already been taken to hospital by ambulance
A rail passenger has been killed and 44 others injured today after a commuter train derailed near Barcelona, Spanish police have said.
The train was thrown from the tracks due to a landslide between Terrassa and Manresa in Catalonia, around 20 miles north of Barcelona.
Emergency services have evacuated 131 people who were on board when it was hit by falling earth at around 6.15am this morning.
The train’s driver is among those injured in the incident but the extent of the injuries is not yet known.
Emergency workers at the scene of an accident after a passenger train was hit by a landslide
As it stands five people who were on board the ttrain have been rushed to local hospitals after suffering injuries.
The other travellers who have mild injuries or were unharmed after the train derailed have been evacuated.
The passengers were sent on buses to the Renfe station in Terrassa or to a sports hall in Vacarrisses to receive psychological attention, Rodalies de Catalunya said.
The train was thrown from the tracks due to a landslide between Terrassa and Manresa in Catalonia
More than 150 people were on board when it was hit by falling earth
Two train cars from a convoy of six went off the tracks at near Vacarisses, the regional civil protection agency have reported.
The train was around one hour away from Barcelona when the train was rocked by the landslide
The Catalan president, Quim Torra and Councillor Miquel Buch have arrived at the scene to witness the work of the emergency services firsthand.
Spanish railway operator spokesman Antonio Carmona has told local media heavy rain in the area over the past few days could have caused the landslide.
Emergency services are working to evacuate the commuters who are still trapped in the carriages.
Catalonia Civil Protection said 11 ambulances and 14 fire engines had been sent to the scene.