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Pope Benedict will be visiting the Catholic Church’s fifth World Family Meeting being held in Valencia, Spain on July 8 and 9. Here are two items related to the visit:
A fire brigade spokesperson said earlier that two carriages of the train had come off the rails in a tunnel.
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The accident happened as Valencia was filling up with participants at the Catholic Church’s fifth World Family Meeting, which is to be attended by Pope Benedict XVI on July 8 and 9.
According to the Valencia metro website, the regional government-run company was distributing 500 000 passes to pilgrims and organisers of the event to permit them to travel freely on the system’s four lines.
Of course, I
wonder wondered if terrorism caused the derailing. The BBC states that
Officials quickly ruled out terrorism as a cause of the crash, with early suggestions pointing to speeding or a tunnel wall collapse as likely causes.
Update Manel emails to clarify that the cause of the accident was that the train was speeding. This article (in Spanish) explains that the wheels on one of the cars ruptured because of the speed the train was doing. The car overturned, and the next car rear-ended it while passengers in the first car were trying to evacuate.
Many of the train’s passengers had called emergency numbers describing the incident as it ocurred.
Also via Manel, the accident took place in the first metro stop, estación de Jesús (link in Spanish; click on photo for article)
Traffic is at a standstill, and there are several field hospitals at the site.
Update 3 After reading those reports, there is no question in my mind that the derailing was definitely not terrorist-related. At MSNBC:
The likely cause of the accident was that the train was traveling at high speed and one of its wheels broke off, local government spokesman Luis Felipe Martinez said. A tunnel wall also may have collapsed onto the carriage, investigators said, according to news reports.
UPdate 4 Hispalibertas (in Spanish) reports that the accident took place at 1PM. The police has a hotline 900 46 10 46, and two other phone numbers for information 963 53 96 97 and 963 53 96 98. More at Barcepundit.
The second item: The latest trend in leftist protesting, exhibitionism, continues. Bare of ideas, the Left is now . . . bare.
Este verano nos visita el representante de Dios en la Tierra para predicar la homofobia, la intolerancia, el conservadurismo paternalista medieval y la “solidaridad” hipócrita.
(my translation) This summer God’s representative on Earth will visit us to preach homophobia, intolerance, paternalist medieval conservatism, and hypocitic “solidarity”.
Why moon when you can take it all off?