A train has smashed into the end of a track at a busy train station in Barcelona, injuring at least 48 people. The front of the 7.15am train was badly damaged after it smashed into a buffer at Estacion de Francia as it arrived from the village of San Vicente Calders around 50 miles away. Casualties said they had initially feared a terror attack.
Five of the 48 wounded, including the train driver, are said to be in a serious condition. Reports said the train did not brake when entering the station. Pictures from the scene show paramedics treating injured commuters on the platform. Firefighters rushed to the scene along with police and up to six ambulances.
Witnesses said a block of metal thought to form part of the buffer had ended up more than six feet inside the front carriage. One witness said: “The moment of the impact felt like an earthquake. People were falling over and colliding with each other. Many fell to the ground because there were people standing up. I saw many people with cuts to their head and faces.” The witness, known only as Lidia, added: “Many people were frightened. Some people thought at first it was a bomb.”