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79 Killed in Train Crash in Spain

spain-trainSeventy-nine people were killed and dozens more hurt when a train derailed near Santiago de Compostela, Spain on July 24.

The driver of the train has been charged with 79 counts of homicide by professional recklessness.

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Security footage shows moment train derailed, skidded along tracks

The driver of a train that derailed in northwestern Spain last week, killing 79 people, was on a phone with railway staff when the train crashed, the superior tribunal of Galicia announced Tuesday, citing information from data recorders.

The driver, Francisco Jose Garzon, was charged earlier this week with 79 counts of homicide by professional recklessness and an undetermined number of counts of causing injury by professional recklessness.

Also Tuesday, the tribunal announced that the train was going 153 kph (95 mph) when it derailed.

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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.

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Train driver in Spain crash charged with 79 counts of homicide (CNN)

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

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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Security footage shows moment the train derailed and skidded along the tracks.

SANTIAGO DE COMOPOSTELA, Spain — The train races into view, and in the space of a heartbeat, the cars derail and crash into a wall of concrete, flipping onto their sides and skidding along the track with terrifying speed and force.

Security footage shows the horror of the moment an express train derailed as it hurtled around a curve in northwestern Spain on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the Spanish government in the Galicia region, speaking on routine condition of anonymity, confirmed 80 people have died in the crash.

One U.S. citizen is among the dead, according to Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. At least five U.S. citizens were also injured, she added.

Flames burst out of one train car as another car was snapped in half after the crash. Rescue crews and fellow passengers pulled bodies through broken windows and pried open doors as stunned survivors looked on.

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MADRID — A high-speed passenger train derailed as it hurtled around a curve in northwestern Spain on Wednesday, killing dozens and injuring more than 100, a regional official said. By Thursday morning, the death toll had reached 69, Galicia regional government official Samuel Juarez told the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

Pictures of the scene showed a train car snapped in two and another car on fire. Rescue crews and fellow passengers pulled out bodies through broken windows and pried open doors as stunned survivors looked on. Police escorted bloodied passengers from the wreckage.

State railway Renfe said the train crashed on a curve several kilometers from the train station in the city of Santiago de Compostela.

The train had 218 passengers aboard and was nearing the end of a six-hour trip from Madrid to the town of Ferrol in northwest Spain when it derailed at 8:41 p.m., the railway said.

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