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Tram overturns in Portugal injuring 28 people

Tram overturns in Portugal injuring 28 people
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By Mark Armstrong with AFP, EFE
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28 people were injured when a tram derailed and flipped over in the Portuguese capital Lisbon.

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In Portugal at least 28 people have been injured after a tram came off the rails and overturned.

The accident happened early Friday evening in the Lapa district of the capital Lisbon.

According to officials, the tram derailed on a bend at the bottom of a steep hill, striking a building before falling on to its side.

Reports say around a dozen people were trapped inside the wreckage and while some pedestrians passing by were also hurt.

Around fifty emergency workers were involved in the rescue operation to free the trapped passengers.

There were unconfirmed reports two British children were among the injured, including a baby.

One witness interviewed by a Portuguese TV channel said that he saw the tram coming down the hill at a high speed.

Lisbon's old trams are still an everyday form of public transport in the city and are also popular with tourists.

An investigation into what caused the accident is underway.

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