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Va. woman among victims killed in Spain train derailment

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The Catholic Diocese of Arlington has confirmed a Virginia woman was one of the 80 people killed in the deadly train derailment in Spain Wednesday.

47-year-old Ana-Maria Cordoba was a benefits specialist for the Diocese's human resources department.

Cordoba was traveling with her husband, Felipe, and daughter, Christina, a senior at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, according to Mike Donohue of the Arlington Diocese.

Cordoba's husband and daughter were injured in the crash, but are in stable condition.

The family was traveling in Spain to meet Cordoba's son, Santiago, who had just completed a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela..

Donohue said they learned Cordoba was killed in the crash from her family on Thursday.

"Ana-Maria was a very kind and warm woman of great faith and she was highly regarded by her colleagues," said Donohue.

Dramatic video was released Thursday showing the moment of impact of the crash. Officials say the speed limit is 50 miles per hour in the section where the accident happened, but an analysis of the crash video indicates the train may have been traveling at twice the speed limit.

Eyewitnesses say the train was going so fast that its cars tumbled off the tracks like dominoes.

The driver, who was among the dozens of other passengers injured in the crash, is hospitalized. He is being questioned as a possible suspect, but investigators are also looking at possible trouble with the train's safety equipment.

Statement of the Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, on the Death of Ana Maria Cordoba

“The tragic death of Ana Maria Cordoba in the recent train derailment in Spain is the cause of immense grief not only to her beloved family – her parents, husband, daughter and son – but also to the “family” of our diocesan Chancery. Ana Maria served in the diocesan Office of Human Resources, specializing in Employee Benefits, and her mother Maria Angel is the Executive Assistant to the Vicar General Father Mark S. Mealey, O.S.F.S.

“However, precisely in the midst of this unimaginable tragedy and sense of profound loss, we cling to the promise of the Risen Lord Jesus that eternal life awaits those who believe in Him and follow in His footsteps. Together as family, we pray that Ana Maria will be given eternal life, that her husband and daughter be completely healed and recover soon, and that her entire family experiences the consolation and comfort that comes from the Heart of Jesus Christ. Because we are family, we will walk with them, supporting them through prayer and with much care.”

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