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Panicked train passengers jump into wildfire – RT World News


Several people were injured after smashing windows and trying to flee for safety as their train was brought to a halt by a raging forest fire in northeastern Spain on Tuesday. Three passengers reportedly suffered serious burns, including a little girl of about 10 years old.

The incident took place during a trip from Sagunto to the city of Zaragoza, as the train slowed down, causing passengers to fear that it could catch fire. The locomotive driver reportedly stopped the train as it was too dangerous to continue and was preparing to depart in the opposite direction, at which time some of its 48 passengers attempted to flee.

“Once they saw they were surrounded by fire, they got back on the train and several of them had suffered burns,” he added. said a spokesman for the Spanish railway company Renfe, quoted by the Guardian.

Footage purporting to show the fire from inside the train has circulated online.

Among the 20 injured, three are seriously burned, including a girl of around 10 and a woman of 58, emergency services told local media.

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Officials in Valencia – a region in eastern Spain that has seen major wildfires in recent weeks – say more than 1,000 people have been forced to evacuate due to the rapid spread of fueled flames by strong winds and a scorching heat wave. A fire in the town of Bejis has spread to some 1,900 acres, while another still raging south in Vall d’Ebo has consumed more than 27,000 acres of forest.

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