07/25/2013 01:19 pm ET Updated Jul 25, 2013

Obama On Spain Train Derailment: President, Wife 'Shocked And Saddened'

President Barack Obama said he and wife Michelle are "shocked and saddened" by a train derailment in Spain that has resulted in 80 deaths and many injuries.

The crash occurred Wednesday night near Santiago de Compostela, Spain. According to the U.S. embassy, U.S. citizens were among the injured, and NBC reports one American has died as a result of the crash.

Below, Obama's full statement on the train derailment:

Michelle and I were shocked and saddened by the news of yesterday’s tragic train derailment in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. On behalf of the American people, we offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and loved ones of the more than 80 people who lost their lives. We extend our wishes for a full recovery to those who were hurt. We also offer our heartfelt gratitude to the Government of Spain and to the rescue personnel who are working to locate the missing and treat the injured – including at least six Americans. Today the American people grieve with our Spanish friends, who are in our thoughts and prayers. We stand ready to provide any assistance we can in the difficult days ahead.

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