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Spanish bullet train service halted after fiber optic cable stolen

August 08, 2022
Passengers wait at Atocha train station in Madrid on Monday.
Passengers wait at Atocha train station in Madrid on Monday.

MADRID — Hundreds of rail passengers were left stranded for hours in Spain after around 600 meters of fiber optic signaling cables were stolen.

The railway infrastructure company ADIF confirmed on Monday that the cables had been removed overnight in the region of Catalonia.

The theft forced Spain's state-owned railway operator Renfe to suspend the bullet train service between the country's two biggest cities; Madrid and Barcelona.

Passengers and holidaymakers crowded platforms before trains resumed service. An ADIF spokesperson told the Associated Press that at least 15 train departures were likely canceled.

Catalonia regional police Mossos d’Esquadra said on Twitter that a 19-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of theft near Santa Oliva. — Euronews


August 08, 2022
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