High-speed train derails in Spain, leaving cars torn open and on sides

MADRID - A train traveling in northwestern Spain has derailed, toppling passenger cars on their sides and leaving at least one torn open as smoke rose into the air.

Officials said at least 77 people have died and hundreds have been injured.

State-owned train operator Renfe says in a statement that 218 passengers and an unspecified number of staff were on board at the time of the accident.

A photographer at the scene said he saw dozens of what appeared to be dead bodies being extracted from the wreck by emergency workers.

TVE showed footage of what appeared to be several bodies covered by blankets alongside the tracks next to the damaged train wagons.

Spanish state television showed images of the accident the train station in Santiago de Compostola, 95 kilometers (60 miles) south of El Ferrol.

The train was headed to El Ferrol from Madrid on Wednesday.

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