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A Mansfield man injured in the Spanish train crash broke his pelvis and ribs and suffered internal damage as he was thrown from where he was sitting, over the seat in front of him.
Mark Woodward, aged 38, now lives in Galicia, Spain, with his wife and son and was travelling on the ill-fated train when it derailed and crashed at high speed on Wednesday night.
He had to undergo surgery to remove his spleen and was treated in intensive care for his broken bones.
The full extent of his injuries emerged in an interview with his stepfather Robert Spencer, who said his wife - Mr Woodward's mother - had flown out to Spain as soon as she could after hearing the news.
He told the BBC he was "just glad" Mr Woodward's son was not with him at the time.
A total of 78 people were killed and 168 others injured in the crash.
The stepfather of the only Briton injured in Spain's worst train disaster for decades has spoken of his shock at seeing photos of him staggering away from the wreckage.
Mark Woodward, 38, originally from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was treated in intensive care for a broken pelvis and ribs and has had his spleen removed, the BBC reported.
Robert Spencer told the BBC his stepson, who lives in Galicia, the region where the crash happened, with his Spanish wife and daughter, remains in hospital.
He said: "That was a shocking thing to see. Grateful that he was apparently walking OK and alive, but still a shock".
"There was blood all over them, a huge gash on his stomach and his head had been really bashed about."
A Midlands man has told of his shock as he read about Spain's worst train disaster in decades - and spotted a picture of his stepson staggering away from the wreckage.
Mark Woodward, aged 38, was the only Briton injured in the high-speed crash.
Originally from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, he was treated in intensive care for a broken pelvis and ribs, and had to have his spleen removed.
His stepfather, Robert Spencer, told the BBC:
The crash, just outside of Santiago de Compostela, left 78 people dead and 168 others injured.
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The stepfather of the only Briton injured in the Spain train crash has spoken of his shock at seeing photos of him leaving the wreckage.