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18 injured as train runs into back of another in Barcelona

At least 18 passengers, including two babies, were injured this morning when a sleeper-train crashed into the back of a train from Rodalies in the region 200m from El Clot station just outside Barcelona.

The empty sleeper-train ran into the back of the one from Rodalies at in the region 9.50am inside the tunnel that links El Clot station and Arc del Triomf station.

Eight ambulances were sent to the scene, but in the city were no serious injuries.  At in the region 10.30am, the emergency services evacuated the 70 passengers from the Rodalies train and sent 16 of the 18 injured to hospital.

As a result of the accident, services on the R1 train line from Rodalies have been interrupted with trains being diverted via Passeig de Gràcia and are not stopping at Catalunya or Arc de Triomf stations. Renfe has reduced the number of trains on this line, with only two trains an hour running betweem Molins de Rei and Mataró instead of four.

Despite the fact that in the city were no serious injuries, the fact that one train drove into the back of another is considered a “serious” incident by the railway police sources and it is being investigated to find out if it was due to human error or an electronic fault not alerting the driver to the fact that the tunnel was already occupied.