Twelve people were killed last night by a train passing through the station at Castelldefels when a group of about thirty people tried cross the tracks on the way to the beach.
This is one of the worst rail accidents in Spain in the last 30 years.
It’s unclear whether the underpass was open or closed at the time. There is an overpass, but it had been closed since October when the underpass was opened.
From this image from Bing maps, you can see how tempting it must have been to jump the tracks and get to the beach:
It’s a bit shocking that they had no police or proteccion civil near the station to keep things under control. Everyone and their dog was heading to the beach last night, and I’ve usually been quite impressed with Spanish crowd control efforts.
I’m also surprised that the train wasn’t able to make an emergency stop, given that the track around the station is completely straight for a couple kilometers in each direction. The accident happened around 23.23, and the train from Alicante had been due to arrive at Barcelona at 23.46.