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Courtesy of: FINA
BARCELONA, Spain, July 25. THE 78 people killed in a train accident Wednesday evening 480 miles northwest of Barcelona were honored today at the FINA world championships with a minute of silence at all competition venues.

The passenger train derailed suddenly when it rounded a curve near Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the province of Galicia in northwestern Spain. Reports say the train was traveling faster than the speed limit when it came off the tracks. In addition to the 78 confirmed dead, more than 140 passengers were injured.

"FINA respectfully presents its heartfelt condolences to all families and authorities in this moment of grief for the entire Spanish nation," the organization said in a statement today.


Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was raised in Santiago de Compostela, announced three days of national mourning as officials begin an investigation into the cause of the derailment. Rajoy's declaration does not seem to have an effect on the world championship schedule, as events went on as planned today.