Scores of people were injured after smashing windows and trying to flee for safety as their train was held up by a raging forest fire in northeastern Spain on Tuesday. Three passengers reportedly suffered serious burns, including a girl around the age of 10.
The incident occurred during a journey from Sagunto to the city of Zaragoza, as the train slowed down, causing passengers to fear that it could catch fire. The engine driver stopped the train as it was too dangerous to continue and prepared to turn back in the opposite direction, where some of its 48 passengers attempted to escape.
“When they saw that they were surrounded by fire, they returned to the train and some of them were burnt,” said a spokesman for Spanish train company Renfe, as cited by the Guardian.
Footage has gone viral online purporting to show the fire from inside the train.
Among the 20 or so injured were three with serious burns, including a girl around the age of 10 and a 58-year-old woman, emergency services told local media.
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Officials in Valencia – a region in eastern Spain that has seen large wildfires in recent weeks – say more than 1,000 people have been forced to evacuate due to the fast-spreading flames fueled by strong winds and a scorching heatwave. A fire in the city of Bejis has spread around 1,900 hectares, while another still raging to the south in Vall d’Ebo has consumed more than 27,000 hectares of forest.
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