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Panicked train passengers jump into wildfire — Analysis

Multiple victims were hurt after smashing their windows while trying to run for safety. Their train was stopped on Tuesday by a forest fire in northeast Spain. According to reports, three passengers sustained severe burns including a young girl aged 10.

The incident unfolded during a trip from Sagunto to the city of Zaragoza, as the train slowed down, prompting fears among passengers that it could catch ablaze. After the train was stopped by the driver, it headed back in the opposite direction. Several passengers fled the scene.

“Once they saw that they were surrounded by fire they got back on the train and several of them had suffered burns,”A spokesperson from Renfe Spanish Rail Company was quoted by The Guardian.

On the internet, footage purporting show the train’s fire has circulated.

According to emergency services, three of the twenty-plus injured included a young girl aged 10 years old and a woman aged 58 years, among them were serious burns. 

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Officials in Valencia – a region in eastern Spain that’s seen major wildfires in recent weeks – say that more than 1,000 people have been forced to evacuate due to fast-spreading flames fueled by high winds and a scorching heatwave. One fire in the city of Bejis has spread some 1,900 acres, while another still raging to the south in Vall d’Ebo has consumed more than 27,000 acres of forest.

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