Train crash in Portugal

This item appears on page 19 of the November 2016 issue.

On Sept. 9, a Portuguese train traveling from Vigo, Spain, south to Oporto (Porto), Portugal, began to sway and then hit the side of a bridge, derailing and killing four people, including one American. Forty-seven people were injured. 

The train derailed just before reaching the station at the city of O PorriƱo, Spain. Investigations of the train’s black box recorder show that excessive speed may have led to the crash.