Barcelona train crash injures scores of commuters | World news

A commuter train has crashed into a buffer at Barcelona’s França station leaving 54 people injured, one of them seriously.

Emergency services said the train was coming into the Catalan capital from the village of Sant Vicenç de Calders in Tarragona on the R2 line of the Rodalies commuter rail service.

The force of the crash, which happened at 7.15am local time on Friday, crumpled the front of the train against the buffer and detached a sheet of metal.

Twenty of the injured, including the driver, were taken to hospital while paramedics treated others on the platform. Many of the passengers had been standing, ready to get off, when the train crashed, the Barcelona-based newspaper La Vanguardia reported.

One passenger told El País: “It felt like an earthquake but we were lucky.”

Pictures showed the driver’s cab partially covered with a blue tarpaulin.

Politicians including the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and Barcelona’s mayor, Ada Colau, visited the scene shortly after the crash. Both tweeted their thanks to the emergency services.

Josep Rull, the Catalan minister for territory and sustainability, said he had spoken to the driver who was in shock, but said things would have been far worse had the train not been coming into the station at low speed.

The state-run railway company Adif said an investigation had been opened.

Reuters contributed to this report

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Swedish train to be called Trainy McTrainface after public poll – video report | World news

A Swedish train is to be named Trainy McTrainface after a public vote, in an echo of the name chosen by British voters – but later overruled – for a polar research vessel last year. The train, which runs between Stockholm and Gothenburg, is one of four to be given names and will soon be branded with its new title

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Trainy McTrainface: Swedish railway keeps Boaty’s legacy alive | World news

It’s happened again. A public vote to name four trains running between the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg has resulted in one of the four being called Trainy McTrainface in an echo of the name chosen by the British public for the new polar research vessel.

Trainy McTrainface received 49% of the votes in a poll, jointly run by Swedish rail company MTR Express and Swedish newspaper Metro.

That placed it well ahead the other three options: Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon.

The other trains have already been named by the public: one is named Estelle, after the five-year-old daughter of Sweden’s Princess Victoria, the next in line to the Swedish throne.

Another is named Glenn, after a long-running joke that everyone in Gothenburg is called Glenn. The joke has a basis in fact: the name is particularly common in the city and its surrounding area, with its popularity stemming from the 1980s, when local football team IFK Göteborg had four players all called Glenn in its lineup. Forty-three per cent of voters supported the name Glenn.

The fourth train has yet to be named. A fifth train, Ingvar, after the Swedish TV personality Ingvar Oldsberg, was named before voting began.

The public vote was eventually overruled in the case of Boaty McBoatface and the ship named the RRS Sir David Attenborough, with an onboard submersible receiving the Boatface appellation.

MTR Express said the McBoatface decision had led to disappointment worldwide and it hoped the name Trainy McTrainface would “be received with joy by many, not only in Sweden”.

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