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Deadly train derailment in Morocco

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At least seven people were killed and about 80 injured when a train was derailed near the Moroccan capital Rabat on Tuesday morning, a medical source said. At least one wagon overturned in the incident near Sidi Bouknadel, a town 10 km (six miles) north of Rabat, on a coastal line connecting the city of Kenitra to the commercial hub of Casablanca.

“I heard the very loud sound of the accident and rushed to the site, where I saw people screaming in fear and pain, while others were jumping out of the train windows,” a witness told Reuters.Many of the injured were taken to the Moulay Abdellah hospital in Sale, near Rabat.

“Some people lost their arms and legs in the accident,” the medical source there said. Relatives of the victims wept at the hospital.Some cases were treated at the Mohammed V military hospital in Rabat, state news agency MAP reported. National railway operator ONCF said investigations into the cause of the crash were under way.The royal court said King Mohammed VI would pay the funeral and burial expenses of the deceased. (Reuters)

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This picture taken on Oct. 16, 2018 shows the scene of a rail accident in the Moroccan town of Bouknadel, between the capital Rabat and the port city of Kenitra to its north. (Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)


Members of the Moroccan civil defence are seen at the scene of a rail accident in the town of Bouknadel, between the capital Rabat and the port city of Kenitra to its north, on Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)


Police officers inspect the area after a train derailed in the town of Sidi Bouknadel between Rabat and the northwestern city of Kenitra in Morocco on Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


Members of the Moroccan gendarmerie and civil defence are seen at the scene of a rail accident in the town of Bouknadel, between the capital Rabat and the port city of Kenitra to its north, on Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)


Police officers inspect the area after a train derailed in the town of Sidi Bouknadel between Rabat and the northwestern city of Kenitra in Morocco on Oct. 16, 2018. At least six people were killed and more than 86 people were injured in the derailment. (Photo: Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


Members of the Moroccan civil defence and gendarmerie are seen at the scene of a rail accident in the town of Bouknadel, between the capital Rabat and the port city of Kenitra to its north, on Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)


Members of the Moroccan civil defence are seen at the scene of a rail accident in the town of Bouknadel, between the capital Rabat and the port city of Kenitra to its north, on Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)


This picture taken on Oct. 16, 2018 shows the scene of a rail accident in the Moroccan town of Bouknadel, between the capital Rabat and the port city of Kenitra to its north. (Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)


Members of the Moroccan civil defence are seen at the scene of a rail accident in the town of Bouknadel, between the capital Rabat and the port city of Kenitra to its north, on Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)


Police officers inspect the area after a train derailed in the town of Sidi Bouknadel between Rabat and the northwestern city of Kenitra in Morocco on Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


Police officers inspect the area after a train derailed in the town of Sidi Bouknadel between Rabat and the northwestern city of Kenitra in Morocco on Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


Police officer and train workers stand by a derailed train Oct. 16, 2018 near Sidi Bouknadel, Morocco. A shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital Rabat to a town further north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, killing several people and injuring dozens, Moroccan authorities and the state news agency said. (Photo: Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP)


People gather after a train derailed Oct. 16, 2018 near Sidi Bouknadel, Morocco. A shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital Rabat to a town further north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, killing several people and injuring dozens, Moroccan authorities and the state news agency said. (Photo: Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP)


Workers gather by a derailed train Oct. 16, 2018 near Sidi Bouknadel, Morocco. A shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital Rabat to a town further north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, killing several people and injuring dozens, Moroccan authorities and the state news agency said. (Photo: Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP)


A man searches a derailed train Oct. 16, 2018 near Sidi Bouknadel, Morocco. A shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital Rabat to a town further north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, killing several people and injuring dozens, Moroccan authorities and the state news agency said. (Photo: Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP)


Police officer and train workers stand by a derailed train Oct. 16, 2018 near Sidi Bouknadel, Morocco. A shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital Rabat to a town further north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, killing several people and injuring dozens, Moroccan authorities and the state news agency said. (Photo: Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP)


People gather after train derailed Oct. 16, 2018 near Sidi Bouknadel, Morocco. A shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital Rabat to a town further north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, killing several people and injuring dozens, Moroccan authorities and the state news agency said. (Photo: Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP)


Police officer and train workers stand by a derailed train Oct. 16, 2018 near Sidi Bouknadel, Morocco. A shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital Rabat to a town further north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, killing several people and injuring dozens, Moroccan authorities and the state news agency said. (Photo: Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP)


Police officers and train workers stand by a derailed train Oct. 16, 2018 near Sidi Bouknadel, Morocco. A shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital Rabat to a town further north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, killing several people and injuring dozens, Moroccan authorities and the state news agency said. (Photo: Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP)


Damaged train is seen at the site of derailment at Sidi Bouknadel near the Moroccan capital Rabat, Morocco Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Ahmed El Jechtimi/Reuters)


A view of a derailed train at Sidi Bouknadel near the Moroccan capital Rabat, Morocco, Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters)


Security personnel stand at the site of a train derailment at Sidi Bouknadel near the Moroccan capital Rabat, Morocco, Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters)


A view of a derailed train at Sidi Bouknadel near the Moroccan capital Rabat, Morocco, Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters)


Member of Moroccan rescue team hi their dog search for survivors at the site of train derailment at Sidi Bouknadel near the Moroccan capital Rabat, Morocco on Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters)