25 Jun 2010

12 killed crossing train track in Spain

6:15 am on 25 June 2010

A high-speed train passing through a Spanish railway station has struck a group of people crossing the tracks, killing at least 12.

The train was travelling through Castelldefels Playa station near Barcelona when the incident occurred.

Officials say at least 14 people were injured, three critically.

The BBC reports it is believed they were heading to the beach to celebrate a summer festival and were crossing the tracks rather than using a pedestrian underpass.

The underpass was signposted and open. However, some witnesses say it was crowded and people were takening to get through.