December 19, 2018

On November the 20th, 2018, a commuter train derailed in between Terrassa and Manresa, towns north-west of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, due to a landslide, sadly killing one person and causing 44 injured.

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Landslides had already caused trains to derail in the same area in 2009 and 2011, according to local press reports. No one was injured in the derailment in 2009 but in 2011 the 11 people were lightly hurt, according to the reports. In 2013, 79 people died when a train travelling from Madrid to the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela came off the tracks. It was Spain's worst train wreck for decades.

Events like this highlight the importance of the research performed in MOMIT Project on the definition of methodologies and tools to prevent landslides and other hazards.