I saw Sevilla FC’s Twitter post today about the Especial 766 train disaster. I am not sure how this story escaped me or at least I don’t remember it.
Today marks the 89th anniversary of the train wreck where 11 Sevillistas passed away after traveling to Madrid which saw Sevilla gain promotion to the first division.
Over 1000 Sevillistas traveled to Estadio de Vallecas in Madrid to see Sevilla top Atletico Madrid 0-2.
On the trip home, their train collided with a cargo train heading north to Madrid. The accident happened in the town of Jaén.
According to Colin Millar’s “The Frying Pan of Spain”, this was Sevilla’s first promotion to the first division and the city was jubilant, but news quickly spread of the accident and all celebrations were canceled in the city.