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Spain train accident: Driver was on phone

Published:Tuesday | July 30, 2013 | 12:41 PM

MADRID (AP):

In Spain's worst rail accident in decades, preliminary investigation released today revealed that the driver was on the phone when the crash happened last week.




The train was travelling 95 mph (153kph) – almost twice the speed limit – when it derailed killing 79 people.



The train had been going as fast as 119 mph (192 kph) shortly before the derailment, and the driver activated the brakes "seconds before the crash," according to a written statement from the court in Santiago de Compostela, whose investigators gleaned the information from two "black box" data recorders recovered from the train.



The train had been going as fast as 119 mph (192 kph) shortly before the derailment, and the driver activated the brakes "seconds before the crash," according to a written statement from the court in Santiago de Compostela, whose investigators gleaned the information from two "black box" data recorders recovered from the train.



The speed limit on the section of track was 50 mph (80 kph).

Some 66 people are still hospitalized for injuries, 15 of whom are in critical condition.



The driver, Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, was talking on the phone to an official of national rail company Renfe when the crash happened and apparently was consulting a paper document at the time, the statement said.

Garzon was provisionally charged Sunday with multiple counts of negligent homicide.



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