A senior official of the Dominican Economy Ministry was among the 78 people killed when a passenger train ran off the rails in northwestern Spain, authorities in Santo Domingo said Friday.

The body of Rosalina Ynoa was identified by family members living in Spain.

Ynoa traveled to Madrid with the Dominican deputy minister for International Cooperation, Inocencio Garcia, to take part in a preparatory meeting for this year's Ibero-American Summit in Panama.

While Garcia returned to Santo Domingo after the conference, Ynoa decided to pay a surprise visit to her sister, a resident of the northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela.

The northbound train Ynoa boarded late Wednesday derailed that evening near Santiago de Compostela.

Ynoa leaves behind a husband and four children ranging in age from 9 to 19.

Describing Ynoa as "much more than a colleague," Deputy Minister Garcia told Efe that he and his wife were close to the late official and her husband. EFE