A tragic incident occurred in Montmelo, situated 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Barcelona, where a train hit a group of seven people. According to the emergency services in Spanish Catalonia, four individuals tragically lost their lives, while the remaining three suffered injuries. The incident has stunned the neighbourhood greatly, and investigations are presently being conducted. Train hits seven people in Spain killing 4, injuring 3.
The event occurred on Sunday night, the eve of a regional holiday in Catalonia, while a neighbouring music festival was going on. As people bustled to enjoy the festivities, the unforeseen calamity unfolded. It is not immediately obvious why the party was crossing the railroad tracks, especially given the inherent dangers involved with such behaviour.
The regional firefighting force took to social media platform, X which was formerly known as Twitter and informed. “We searched for other possible victims near the train. We did not find any others. We also helped evacuate the area and take the injured to ambulances.”
The aftermath of the accident drew reactions from several high-ranking officials. Transport Minister Raquel Sanchez offered her heartfelt condolences to the grieving families and also expressed her support for the emergency workers who are grappling with this distressing situation.
Pere Aragones, the leader of Catalonia’s regional government, also voiced his sorrow over the incident. He highlighted the continued efforts of emergency services and emphasised the ongoing police investigations to determine the causes of the accident.
This is not the first time in Spanish history that something similar has happened. In June 2010, a similar tragedy occurred in the beach resort of Castelldefels. An express train collided with a group of people crossing the railway, leading to 12 fatalities.
Those involved had disembarked from a commuter train, aiming to attend a concert on the beach marking the summer solstice. Following that incident, there were complaints that signage for an underpass exit was inadequately marked. A previous crossing was obstructed, which possibly caused confusion among travellers.
Such repeated incidents emphasise the importance of stringent safety measures, clear signages. Public awareness campaigns to prevent such unfortunate occurrences in the future. As investigations continue, our thoughts remain with the affected families of this latest incident.