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“The train started to sway alarmingly. It was like being in an earthquake”

  • Carlos Hernández White, regional MP and spokesman for the Ciudadanos political party in Malaga, was on the train that derailed on Wednesday

He was travelling from Malaga to Seville for a meeting of the Andalusian parliament. “I was preparing for it, writing various notes on my tablet, when the train started to sway alarmingly. It was like being in an earthquake,” said Carlos Hernández White, regional MP and spokesman for the Ciudadanos political party in Malaga who was on the train that derailed on Wednesday. “I'm fine, I wasn't hurt, but something like that affects you,” he explained, just after the accident, when he was waiting for transport to take the uninjured passengers to Seville.

He had been travelling in the first carriage of the train. “Everything started to move, suddenly. We didn't know what was happening. It was only after we had got off the train that we realised it had derailed. It was awful; we realised it could have been even worse. It could have been a catastrophe,” he said.

Rosa Cañete, from Torremolinos, was in another carriage. “Everything was shaking, people were being thrown about and we were all looking at the roof, thinking that if that split open we could have been guillotined,” she said. Rosa was injured, but not seriously.

She also said that a few minutes before the accident, about 9.45, an inspector passed through the train to let passengers know that they were going to be transferred to a coach because the railway line was in such bad condition. He said one part nearby had already been closed because of the rain. Then, about quarter of an hour later, he went back to say there had been a change of plan and the train would continue to Seville as planned. “We thought that was strange, because we didn't know how the problem could have been sorted out in such a short time,” said Rosa. Shortly afterwards, the train derailed.