NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - WAVY.com has learned the fatal crash of a passenger train in northwestern Spain Wednesday has connections not only to Virginia, but also to a student at Newport News' Christopher Newport University.
WAVY's sister station in D.C., WRC, reports that a woman from the D.C. area -- 47-year-old Ana-Maria Cordoba -- was one of at least 78 people killed when the train derailed and collided with a security wall.
Cordoba was aboard the train with her husband and daughter, who were all traveling to visit her youngest son, student Santiago Cordoba who was with a CNU group that had just finished a pilgrimage across Spain.
Cordoba's husband and daughter are listed as being in stable condition at a local hospital.
At least five other Americans were injured in the crash near the city of Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region.
When the news of the crash -- labeled as Europe's worst rail accident in more than 25 years -- reached President Obama, he issued a statement from himself and the first lady:
"We offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and loved ones of the more than 80 people who lost their lives," the statement read.
Stay with WAVY.com and WAVY News 10 at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. for updates on this story.
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