At least twenty people were injured on Tuesday when they fled a train threatened by flames in a fire in Bejís, south of Castellón, Spain. Three sustained serious injuries.
The train, with 48 passengers on board, was traveling between Masadas Blancas and Barracas when, due to the proximity of the flames, the driver stopped the vehicle to reverse gear.
During the period when the train was stopped to turn back, some passengers, despite the driver’s warnings to remain inside the train, broke several windows and jumped from the carriages fearing that they would be hit by fire while immobilized, according to Renfe sources, quoted by the Spanish newspaper “El País”.
Outside the train, passengers were caught in the flames and suffered burns. They then returned to the vehicle, which managed to start the journey back to Caudiel.
One of the seriously injured was transferred by helicopter to La Fe Hospital in Valencia.
“The important thing now is the people and attention to the authorities,” said the president of the Valencian community, Ximo Puig.
The region is experiencing an “extremely complicated” situation, with warning levels for extreme bushfires.