Twenty train passengers suffered burns when they jumped from a train closed in by a forest fire near Castellon, in northeastern Spain.
Three of them were seriously injured, the Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The train, which was carrying 48 passengers from Sagunto to Zaragoza, stopped when the driver saw that the forest fire had made it too dangerous to continue. As he prepared to return, some travelers feared the train would be engulfed in flames. So they panicked and smashed windows to jump off the train.
“As soon as they saw that they were surrounded by fire, they climbed back on the train, and several of them suffered burns,” said a spokesman for the Spanish train company Renfe.
According to the British newspaper, two of the seriously injured were evacuated by helicopter. Other injured, including a 10-year-old girl, were taken to nearby hospitals.