2 trains collide in central Portugal, 21 injured
In this photo taken Monday Jan. 21, 2013, the wreckage of two trains are seen at a station after a train crash in Alfarelos, Portugal. Emergency services say high-speed intercity train rear-ended a local train waiting to enter a station in central Portugal, derailing several carriages leaving a pile of wreckage on Portugal’s main north-south line, slightly injuring 21 people. (AP Photo/Miguel Teixeira)
Published Tuesday, January 22, 2013 6:10AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 22, 2013 6:31AM EST
LISBON, Portugal -- Emergency services say a high-speed intercity train rear-ended a local train waiting to enter a station in central Portugal, slightly injuring 21 people.
The collision late Monday derailed several carriages and left a pile of wreckage on Portugal's main north-south line.
Officials said the local train was waiting to pull into a station near Coimbra, 200 kilometres north of the capital, Lisbon, when the northbound intercity train slammed into it from behind at 9:15 p.m. (2115 GMT).
Transport Minister Alvaro Santos Pereira said Tuesday he had ordered an inquiry into the causes and expected a preliminary report within three days.