Spain train crash leaves 3 dead, several injured

(CNN) — A train traveling from the Spanish city of Vigo to Oporto in Portugal has “derailed causing deaths and injuries,” according to officials.

A spokeswoman for the rail company RENFE told CNN that at least three people died, including the driver, after the train went off the tracks at around 9.25am local time (3.25aET) near O Porrino station in Pontevedra, Galicia.

Police and emergency services attended the scene with some of the injured taken to local hospitals by helicopter.

A press release issued by RENFE confirmed that the train was carrying 63 passengers as well as the driver and another staff member.

It also stated that although this route is a shared operation between RENFE and Portuguese National train Service, Comboios de Portugal, both the train driver and the train were Portuguese.

Spanish state-run rail administrator, ADIF, has opened an investigation to find out the causes of the accident.

Galicia was the scene of one of Spain’s worst crashes in 2013 when 80 people were killed and 144 were injured after a train slammed into a well near Santiago de Compostela.

The train was found to be approaching a curve at more than twice the speed limit.

Authorities charged the train’s driver, Francisco Jose Garzon, with 80 counts of homicide by professional recklessness and an undetermined number of counts of causing injury by professional recklessness.

Europe has been hit by a number of train crashes in recent months.

In July, two passenger trains collided head-on in a rural area of southeastern Italy, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 50 others.

In June, three people were killed and dozens were injured after a passenger train crashed into a cargo train in eastern Belgium.