- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

As many as 45 people are dead and many more wounded after a train carrying more than 200 passengers derailed as it approached Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.

Lines of bodies covered with blankets were seen at the side of the tracks, Sky News reported.

The head of the Galicia region, Alberto Nunez, said the death toll had risen to 45 and 70 people had been injured, adding that it was too soon to say what caused the derailment. 

The crash happened the day before the city’s main festival paying tribute to the St. James, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples. His shrine is the destination of the El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, Sky News reported.