Four died in hospital, the rest at the site of the accident, according to a spokeswoman for Galicia’s supreme court.

The accident, which took place in Santiago de Compostela, is the worst in Spain for 40 years, reports The Guardian, also leaving 131 people injured.

“The scene is shocking, it’s Dante-esque,” the head of the Galicia region, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, said in a radio interview.

El Pais newspaper reported claims the train was travelling at more than twice the speed limit on a sharp curve. The recommended speed is 80km an hour (50mph), and sources suggest the train was travelling as fast as 180km an hour.

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