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article imageBarcelona suburban train collision injures 22 people

By Anne Sewell     Sep 20, 2013 in World
Barcelona - Two trains collided at Barcelona's Sants station on Friday morning, injuring 22 people. Of these, 10 required treatment and one person was hospitalized.
A moving suburban train collided into a stationary train shortly after 10 a.m. on Friday at the Calella exit of Barcelona's Sants Station, toward L' Hospitalet de Llobregat.
El Mundo reported in Spanish that three ambulances from the Emergency Medical System (EMS) were sent to Sants Station to attend to the injured.
Of the 22 injured, most were suffering from whiplash or bruising. Ten required medical assistance, including one of the drivers, and one injured passenger, who received a blow to the head after falling on the ground during the impact, has been transferred to the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.
By 1 p.m. on Friday, traffic on several local suburban lines was still affected, including the R-1, R-3 and R-4.
The Spanish train company Renfe has opened an investigation to determine the cause of the incident.
La Vanguardia reports in Spanish that Director General of Transport for Catalonia, Pere Padrosa, blamed the accident on national railway infrastructure company Adif for failing to invest in the region.
He said that the current signalling on the busy Barcelona network was "more appropriate to the 20th century than the 21st."
"Obviously we have an old security system and therefore a system in which underinvestment will rise to the occasion. These situations could be avoided to a large extent with more investment," said Padrosa, who visited the Renfe station in Barcelona after the accident.
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