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Two killed in Spanish rail crash

A Spanish passenger train collided with a dump truck working on a future bullet train link to Portugal yesterday, killing two people and leaving 13 injured.

The collision occurred in the town of Carmonita, in the south west of the country, and just 80km from the border with Portugal.

A emergency services crew worked to clear the damage. A spokeswoman confirmed that the two who died in the accident were the truck driver, Eduardo Duran Cidoncha, 25, and Olga Nunez, 19, a passenger on the train.

The circumstances surrounding the accident are unknown and train company Renfe said it would be launching a full investigation.

Extremadura region president Guillermo Fernandez Vara said it was an “unfortunate incident”, and called for safety measures to be improved so “this type of accident does not happen again”.

Bullet trains are scheduled to travel from Madrid to Lisbon in under three hours by 2014.

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