The incident, which did not cause injuries, occurred on a straight and the speed was not excessive. So, why has the stand of wagon number eight of the AVE Seville-Barcelona left?

The crashed AVE was still in the same place at 8 in the afternoon.

At the edge of eight o’clock in the afternoon in the surroundings of Brazatortas, Ciudad Real, near more than half a dozen Adif workers were still investigating the causes of the derailment of the Seville-Barcelona AVE, which this morning forced some 400 passengers to wait about two and a half hours for a replacement train.

The Adif workers, who have seen the investigation interrupted by the intermittent showers that have fallen on this La Mancha area, bordering Andalusia, they crowded in front of car number eight, where the stand that has ended up causing the derailment of the convoy has left.

Adif workers investigating the crashed train.

Adif workers investigating the crashed train.
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Why does a train derail? In general, because the impact with an object on the track or the breakage of a component of the train or the infrastructure forces one or more wheels to come off the rail. In our recent history there have been disastrous examples -such as the Alvia in Santiago de Compostela in 2013- in which speeding was the cause of this outcome, but the circumstances are not so clear in the incident this Friday, in which fortunately there were no injuries.

Renfe has attributed the event to “an incident that has caused the exit of a stand”, without specifying much more.

A maintenance employee at Adif -a stranger to field work- explains to EL ESPAÑOL that “until tomorrow we will not know anythingThis type of information is provided by the base chiefs ”.

Image of the exited stand taken by one of the passengers.

Image of the exited stand taken by one of the passengers.
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some passengers They have hinted that an object on the road may have triggered the exit from the stand that caused the derailment. “Suddenly a blow sounded, as if we had collided with a stone or something,” one of them explained to EL ESPAÑOL. Javier Ronda, a Canal Sur journalist who was on board the crashed AVE, shared a video interview with another passenger on Twitter, who also stated that it was “as if there had been a large stone on the road.”

But nevertheless, other voices have spoken of a maintenance problem, which would be added to other incidents that recently occurred at other points on the Madrid-Seville line as it passed through the provinces of Ciudad Real and Toledo.

Less than a kilometer from the place where the two connected trains still rest (one left Seville and the other from Malaga, both joining in Córdoba), the manager of the Galp gas station explains that throughout the day there has been “a lot of coming and going of Adif and the Civil Guard “, and that according to what you have heard,”appears to be a wagon failure, or of a wheel or of the axle ”, and that therefore,“ would not be attributed to the maintenance of the tracks but to the machine itself or the quality of the material of the wheels ”.

In any case, we will have to wait for the final report.