Relatives of those on the train are awaiting a comprehensive list of the deceased. In the meantime, some are turning to Twitter, asking anyone for information about their missing loved ones.
"Please, desperation," wrote one woman on Twitter, asking about three missing girls. The replies came in that the girls were confirmed dead.
Atlas captured video of one man, apparently in desperation, running toward the mangled train, ignoring police whistles and calls to stop. The officers caught up with the man and turned him away.
The sun rose Thursday, as Spain began to understand the scale of this tragedy.
One of the cars was lifted with a crane and moved -- it looked like a candy wrapper, peeled at one end, its bottom nearly scraped off.
Ward was discharged from the hospital Thursday, wearing a neck brace because of a cracked vertebra he suffered in the crash. Lacerations on his face are stapled shut, and there's a huge bruise on his leg.
He says he hopes to resume his missionary service after he recuperates.
"I'm just all the more grateful to be here. I'm all the more grateful to still be alive," he says. "I really want to serve honorably. I know I've been kept alive for a reason."