Passengers’ fear as train stops in middle of wildfire in Spain

Passengers on a train that suddenly stopped in rural Spain looked out the window and were horrified to see wildfires on both sides of the road.

“It was terrifying to see how quickly the fire spread,” Ranchisco Seoan, from Spain, told The Associated Press. In the blink of an eye, a new bush starts burning. It was a few seconds.

“Suddenly it became night,” he added. “We can even smell the smoke” in the carriage.

Video of the unscheduled stop shows about 12 passengers in Mr Seoane’s carriage looking out the window in panic.

Flames licked through the vegetation, and smoke darkened the blue sky as the train stopped in Zamora district on Monday morning.

This state has recorded two deaths in wildfires in the last two days – a 69-year-old shepherd and a 62-year-old firefighter were caught in the blaze.

With no passenger announcements made over the train’s public address system, Mr. Seoan said passengers began standing in the aisles in anger.

An Adif spokesman told the AP that no passengers were in danger.

More than 30 wildfires across Spain have forced the evacuation of thousands of people and blackened 54,300 acres last week.

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