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Train kills 12 crossing tracks in Spain

Associated Press / June 24, 2010

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MADRID — A train speeding through a station near Barcelona yesterday ran over a group of young people crossing the tracks, killing at least 12 and injuring 17, a Spanish official said.

A long-distance train passing through the station in the seaside town of Castelldefels hit a group of people who had just gotten off a commuter train. The group was crossing the tracks above ground rather than using a designated tunnel underneath, said Jose Ramon Mora, head of the Civil Protection Department for Catalonia regional government.

A Spanish radio station and other media reported that most of the fatalities and injuries were young people who had arrived to celebrate at a start-of-summer beach party.

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