Spanish Prime minister Mariano Rajoy Thursday said the country would observe three days of official mourning after a train crash killed at least 78 people in the Galicia region of Spain Wednesday evening.
He will sign a decree Thursday, Rajoy, who is from the region of Galicia himself, said after arriving at the vista. He was expected to stay victims in hospital later.
Alberto Nunez Feijoo, head of the Spanish region of Galicia, earlier Thursday declared seven days of mourning in Galicia.
The train, which was travelling from Madrid to Ferrol and left the Chamartin Station in the hub at 3 p.m., derailed on a bend at 8:42 p.m. after coming out of a tunnel.
At least 13 carriages came off the rails with numerous lying on the side of an edge with numerous of them catching fire. Reports said that numerous of the carriages literally flew through the air.