Dozens Killed In Spanish Train Crash

Dozens Killed In Spanish Train CrashA train has derailed in north-western Spain, killing at least 77 people and injuring more than 100, officials in the Galicia region have said. All eight carriages of the train, which was travelling from Madrid to Ferrol, came off the tracks near the city of Santiago de Compostela. Analysts say it is the worst rail accident in Spain in four decades.

‘Accident’

Rescue workers have so far recovered 73 bodies from the accident site, while four more people died in hospital, a spokeswoman for Galicia’s supreme court said on Thursday. Judges are responsible for registering deaths in Spain. Government officials said they believed the crash was an accident, but that no statement would be made regarding the cause without a proper investigation.

One witness, Ricardo Montesco, described how the train carriages “piled on top of one another” after the train hit a curve, speaking to Spanish Cadena Ser radio station. Spanish El Pais newspaper cited sources close to the investigation as saying the train was travelling at over twice the speed limit on a sharp curve.


‘Cancelled’

The derailment happened on the eve of Santiago de Compostela’s main festival where thousands of Christian pilgrims were expected to flock to the city in honour of Saint James. However, the city’s tourism board said all festivities planned for Thursday have been cancelled.

Railway firm Renfe said the train was carrying at least 218 passengers, and came off the tracks on a bend about 3km (two miles) from Santiago de Compostela station. It was on the express route between Madrid and the ship-building city of Ferrol on the Galician coast.

What do you think caused the Spanish train’s derailment? Feel free to share your speculations with us!

Source: BBC News

Image: The Telegraph

LeBron James Ending Career With Team USA?

LeBron James Ending Career With Team USATwo Olympic gold medals and a bronze are likely going to be enough for LeBron James, who is reportedly finished with Team USA and his international basketball career.

‘Doubtful to participate’

The news comes from ! Sports’ Marc J. Spears:

James, 28, will not play for USA Basketball during the 2013 world championships in Spain and is doubtful to participate in the 2016 Olympicsin Brazil, a source close to the Miami Heat forward told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo also confirmed to Yahoo! Sports he doesn’t expect James to play next summer—and doesn’t plan to ask him.

James has already accomplished plenty with Team USA, winning two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), one Olympic bronze (2004), and a bronze medal at the FIBA World Championships (2006).


‘Relax and recuperate’

Not only that, but he’s going to be 29 years old by next summer’s FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and 31 before the Rio Olympics in 2016. That doesn’t exactly make LeBron ancient, but when you consider the mileage he has already put on his body, it’s not surprising that he wants a little more free time during the NBA offseason.

As Spears notes, James’ most recent summer included trips across the world, commercial shoots, prep basketball camps and wedding planning. LeBron is a busy man, and as he gets older, he will need some time to relax and recuperate.

Do you think LeBron James would be willing to come back after a couple of years if Team USA requested him to? Will his presence or absence make a lot of difference?

Source: Tim Keeney | Bleacher Report

Image: NY Daily News