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Second American Dies as Result of Train Crash in Spain

MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images(SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain) -- A 58-year-old woman from Houston died Sunday as a result of injuries sustained in the train crash in Spain, making her the second American to have died in the accident.

The Spanish paper El Pais and the family Facebook page have identified the deceased as Myrta Fariza.She was traveling with her husband Robert, who survived the deadly crash with less serious injuries.

The couple had just attended their daughter's wedding in Rome and were traveling to celebrate the Day of the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela.

“Our sweet Myrta went to be with The Lord,” the family said on their Facebook page. “We have truly lost a wonderful person and heaven has gained an Angel.”

Fariza’s death brings the death toll up to 79.

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Canadian Town Evacuated After Freight Train Carrying Fuel Derails 

ABC News(LAC-MEGANTIC, Canada) -- Five people are confirmed dead and the entire town of Lac-Megantic in Quebec, Canada, was evacuated after a freight train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire, officials told ABC News.

The 80-car-long freight train exploded at approximately 1 a.m. Saturday morning, filling the sky with thick, black smoke.

“It was like a big mushroom,” said Anne-Julie Hallee, a resident who witnessed the explosion.”Like a nuclear attack or something. It was so warm and we're very far from there.”

“It was like the end of the world,” Hallee said.

Officials found one body on Saturday, and four more on Sunday. Quebec provincial police Lt. Michel Brunet said 40 people are still unnacounted for. At least 30 buildings were destroyed by the explosion and flames.

Dispatcher Stan Wheeler with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Maine told ABC News Radio that more than 30 firefighters responded to the massive fire.

A one kilometer perimeter around the accident has been closed off. 

Radio-Canada reported the train was en route to Maine. It is unclear how the train derailed.

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Dozens of Children Killed After Train Collides with School Bus in Egypt

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CAIRO) -- Egyptian authorities say that barriers were not down at the site where a train collided with a school bus on its way to kindergarten class last Saturday.

Fifty-one people, nearly all of them children, were killed in the accident, while 17 others were injured.

The collision occurred in the province of Assiut about 200 miles south of Cairo.

Witnesses said that the bus was dragged for about half-a-mile with wreckage of the vehicle found beneath the train and children’s shoes and book bags scattered around the area.

Most of the dead were between the ages of 4 and 6.  Three adults also died in the crash.

In addition to police investigating the worker who was on duty at the train crossing, the accident has also cost the jobs of Transportation Minister Mohammed Rashad al-Metainy and the head of the local railroad agency.

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Argentina Train Crash Leaves Dozens Dead, Hundreds Injured

JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images(BUENOS AIRES, Argentina) -- At least 49 people were killed and another 600 injured when a packed commuter train crashed into a retaining wall at the terminal in Argentina’s capital city at the height of rush hour Wednesday morning.

The crash at the Once train station in Buenos Aires happened around 8:30 a.m. local time when the train, carrying approximately 1,200 passengers, reportedly had braking problems and crashed into a barrier. The train is said to have been traveling from anywhere between 12 to 20 miles per hour at the time of the accident.

"There are people still trapped, people alive," Argentina’s transportation secretary J.P. Schiavi told reporters Wednesday, according to the BBC.

The first two cars -- and the passengers in them -- took the brunt of the crash. Traditionally, commuters pack the first few cars and move up as the train approaches its final stop, so as to get a head start in exiting the approaching station.

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