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The World

September 13, 1985

Portuguese firefighters used power saws and bulldozers to free injured passengers from twisted wreckage and retrieve the bodies of at least 49 people killed in the head-on crash of two trains in central Portugal. More than 100 people were injured when an express bound for France collided with a local train and burst into flames. In the confusion of the first few hours after the crash, it was feared that as many as 150 people might have been killed.

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