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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Derailing Kills Dozens in Spain

VALENCIA, Spain -- At least 34 people were killed and more than 20 seriously injured when a speeding underground train ran off the tracks and overturned in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia on Monday, officials said.

Two train carriages derailed and toppled over in a tunnel just before entering the Jesus underground station after a wheel broke on a curve at about 1 p.m. local time, officials said.

Trapped passengers rang emergency services from mobile phones and 150 people were evacuated from the station platform. One middle-aged woman, her face blackened by what looked like soot, grimaced with pain as she staggered away from the station, her arm around a police officer.

Officials ruled out a terror attack in a country still shaky from train bombings by Islamist militants that killed 191 people in Madrid in 2004.

"It seems this unfortunate accident was caused by excess speed and a wheel breaking just before it entered the station," government official Luis Felipe Martinez told Spanish radio, adding that the number of dead was still not confirmed.

Emergency services set up two field hospitals in tents on the street and a judge arrived to supervise the removal of bodies. Hospitals appealed for blood donors.

The accident took place days before Pope Benedict XVI was due to visit Valencia for the World Meeting of Families, and pilgrims were already arriving.