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Two suburban trains collided near Barcelona, Spain leaves driver dead, several injured

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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MADRID: The driver of a suburban passenger train died and dozens were lightly injured after two trains crashed outside Barcelona on Monday evening, Catalan regional authorities said.

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Some 85 people were injured according to regional emergency services, who said 77 were released on the spot and eight were taken to hospital.

The collision happened when a freight train derailed and crashed into a passenger train at the station in Sant Boi de Llobregat, around 14 km (8.7 miles) from Barcelona, at around 6 p.m.

“The driver of the passenger train died as a result of the impact,” the regional government said in a statement.

Catalan regional vice president Jordi Puignero, who visited the site on Monday evening, told reporters an investigation would start immediately into the cause of the crash.

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“My deepest condolences to the family of the train driver who died in the derailment,” said Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in a tweet.

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