1st December 2023
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Three seriously injured after jumping from train halted by forest fire in Valencia region

Around 12 people were injured, three seriously, following an incident on a train passing through Torás in the province of Castellón (Valencia region) on Tuesday evening, and close to Bejís where forest fires continue to rage.

According to reports from Spain’s Europa Press agency, a train that was running between Valencia and Zaragoza stopped due to the proximity of the Bejís forest fire. Some passengers then broke windows to escape the train, but ended up falling directly near the fire, according to Spain’s railway infrastructure company Adif.

The two most seriously injured were a 58-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl who both suffered severe burns. Other passengers are reported to have suffered fractures and some minor injuries.

The president of the Valencian government, Ximo Puig, said that what happened was ‘a gust of wind caused the fire to reach the track’. He said that Renfe ‘will give the appropriate explanations of what has happened’ and added that his greatest concern was for the people who have been injured, wishing them ‘a speedy recovery’.

The Spanish government’s delegate in the Valencia region, Pilar Bernabé, said that the train driver decided to return to Caudiel after the train arrived at Torás (one of the municipalities evacuated on Tuesday due to the Bejís forest fire), because ashes were falling from the sky.

It was during this return manoeuvre that a group of passengers ‘opened the doors and got out, when these problems occurred’, said Bernabé, who clarified that the train finally arrived at Caudiel station with ‘no problem’.

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