An American was killed and five were injured in a deadly train derailment in northwest Spain, the
They were among at least 80 fatalities and scores of injuries in one of the worst railway disasters in Spain's history.
A State Department spokesman did not provide details of the American casualties.
"Today the American people grieve with our Spanish friends, who are in our thoughts and prayers," Obama said in a statement. "We stand ready to provide any assistance we can in the difficult days ahead."
Spanish Prime Minister
Suspicion focused Thursday on excessive speed as a possible cause. Security camera footage showed the train traveling at what appeared to be a high rate of speed as it rounded a bend. Carriages jumped off the tracks and slammed into a security wall.
The train was en route from Madrid to the port town of Ferrol when it derailed with 218 passengers on board. After the disaster, Santiago de Compostela canceled a major religious festival that attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.