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Accident Prone

Passengers travelling from Palma de Mallorca to Manacor by train will find themselves being asked to change to a bus service for the second part of the journey. The track between S’Enllaç and Sineu has been closed since a train derailed there five weeks ago with about 50 passengers on-board, 28 of whom suffered injuries, including the train driver.

Unfortunately, the Mallorcan railway services Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca have a history of serious accidents on the island track system. Only shortly after services were opened between Inca and Manacor in 2003, a train derailed in 2004, with 48 passengers injured. Two years ago, a train crashed into the buffer stops at Manacor station, causing injuries to 11 passengers. Last year, a train caught fire between Sa Pobla and Inca but, without casualties.

Something would need to be done to safeguard the well-being of Mallorcan railway users.

The photo (top) was taken near Sineu, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 14th, 2010. The time was 15:20:00. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of diariodemallorca.es and the photographer, G. Bosch.

Muchas gracias.

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