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Commuter Train is derailed near Sineu

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Chris Richard | Editor | Published: 21 May 2010

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Commuter Train is derailed near Sineu

A train traveling from Manacor to Palma came off the track near Sineu at 6.44 on Wednesday morning. The accident was caused by debris on the track after the collapse of a retaining wall the previous night. Rocks and earth spilled onto the railway line causing an obstruction. The first scheduled train in the morning to leave Manacor hit the obstacle and three of the five wagons were derailed.

Emergency services rushed to the scene where firefighters and a technical team worked to remove the carriages.

Approximately thirty passengers suffered from minor injuries. The train driver was the most seriously hurt and he was taken to Son Dureta Hospital where he remains in a critical condition. The conductor was also badly injured and he was transferred to the Clinic Juaneda. 

The rail line between Manacor and Sineu remains closed whilst the operation to remove the train continues and a bus service is providing alternative transport for passengers.

Rail services between Sineu and Manacor are not expected to get back to normal until the Balearic Government has carried out a "comprehensive" review on all the retaining walls along the track on this route.

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