Death toll rises to 78 in Spain train derailment (with video)

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SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — Relatives of victims from a train crash in northwestern Spain sobbed and hugged each other near a makeshift morgue in a sports arena for the victims as the death toll rose to 78 and investigators tried to determine the cause.

The train jumped the tracks and at least one passenger told a radio station that it appeared to be going very fast as it went into a pronounced curve while approaching the station in this Catholic shrine city on the eve of a major religious festival.

Seventy-three people were found dead at the scene of the accident and four died in hospitals, said Maria Pardo Rios, spokeswoman for the Galicia region’s main court. Another person also died, bringing the toll to 78, but no information was immediately available on where, said an Interior Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of ministry policy.

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