July 25th, 2013
09:53 AM ET

Deadly High-Speed Train Crash Kills Dozens

Update: This morning on "New Day," CNN's Karl Penhaul reports live from Santiago de Compostela, Spain on the deadly train crash that has now claimed more than 80 lives including one American.

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More than 80 have been killed in a high-speed passenger train derailment in northwest Spain.

Stunning new surveillance footage shows the moment of derailment and now there is new concern about the cause.

The footage shows the train jumped the track as it was rounding a sharp curve, and there are early indications the train was traveling too fast.

“The scene is surreal,” reports CNN’s Karl Penhaul. “A packed passenger train approaching the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela derailed as it hurtled around a curve.”

Its cars were left mangled and strewn around the track in the wake of the wreck; one snapped in half while another caught fire.

“Firefighters and emergency workers swarmed the scene, putting out the billowing fire and feverishly evacuating the train,” Penhaul says.

“In the dark, aided by flashlights, officials pulled injured and dead passengers through the windows, prying open doors to reach the most severely wounded.”

Hospitals are calling for blood donations to aid in the recovery as the death toll and number of injured continue to rise.

Meanwhile, an aide to the prime minister says they are pursuing all possibilities in the investigation into the cause.

And CNN has learned from a justice department spokesman that the driver is being questioned by police.

Follow along at CNN.com for emerging details into the crash.

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  1. E Louis

    I love how the news can use fake sad facial expressions about real tragedy.... Listen to the side bar snicker from a joke at 2:14.

    July 29, 2013 at 9:41 am | Reply
  2. Socalc

    So, when do we get funny fake names for the conductor(s) ?

    July 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Reply
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    July 26, 2013 at 8:41 am | Reply
  4. TLB

    I love how the media has become accident investigators! What kind of creditials do they have to make those assessments.

    July 26, 2013 at 8:08 am | Reply
  5. martina

    The Southampton Bathing Club which Chris Cuomo's wife is reportedly a member of, probably wouldn't allow Jeff Zucker (New CNN chief) or Michael Gershensen (Kate Bolduan's husband) to join because they're Jewish. Hate racism!

    July 26, 2013 at 7:57 am | Reply
  6. meloroll

    In my city, whevever you have this type of thing, whether it is a bus crash, a ferry crash or a train crash, it always seems to involve a guy in his 50's with many years of experience. And the conclusion is always the same. At the time of the crash he was not conscious.

    July 26, 2013 at 6:39 am | Reply

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