Spain Train Driver Charged With 79 Counts of Homicide
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — The 79 passengers who perished in last week’s train crash in Spain will be memorialized together Monday night at a cathedral not far from where they were killed.
They came from near and far — Europe, Latin America, the United States — and had almost reached their destination of Ferrol on the northwestern coast when the train careened around a curve and derailed, hurling carriages into a concrete bridge support structure.
Five days have passed since the disaster, but many questions remain: What caused the train to derail? Was the train going too fast? And what did the conductor do in the moments before the crash?
The driver of the train, Francisco Jose Garzon, was charged Sunday with 79 counts of homicide by professional recklessness and an undetermined number of counts of causing injury by professional recklessness.
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