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Spanish railway officials may face charges in deadly crash

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Aug 20 (EFE).- The judge investigating last month's deadly train crash in northwestern Spain plans to question the officials responsible for railway safety as possible defendants. Subpoenas will be issued once state-owned Adif provides the names of the personnel involved, Judge Luis Alaez said in an order issued Tuesday. A high-speed train went off the rails on July 24 near Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people and leaving more than 150 others injured.

Accident is no reflection on Spain's bullet train, railway says

Madrid, Jul 31 (EFE).- Spanish state railway Renfe is working to spread the word internationally that the train involved in last week's deadly derailment was not one of its AVE bullet trains. The train that went off the rails on July 24 near the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela, leaving 79 people dead and 150 injured, was an Alvia 730 en route from Madrid to the Atlantic coast city of Ferrol.

Driver on phone to HQ just before Spanish train crash

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Jul 30 (EFE).- The driver facing charges for last week's deadly train crash in northwestern Spain was on the telephone to railway management shortly before the accident, a court said Tuesday, citing data from the train's black boxes. The high-speed Alvia train from Madrid derailed on July 24 outside Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people and injuring more than 150 others. The train was moving at 192 kph (119 mph) during the driver's phone conversation with supervisors at state railway Renfe, the Galician regional Superior Court said Tuesday.

Spain train driver on phone at time of deadly crash

The driver of a train that derailed in Spain killing 79 people was on the phone to a coworker at the time of the accident, while the train was racing at nearly twice the speed limit, investigators said Tuesday. The train's two data recording "black boxes" showed that moments before the crash the train was travelling at 192 kilometres (119 miles) per hour, said the Superior Court of Justice of Galicia, which is leading the investigation.

Spanish minister requests to appear before Parliament over train disaster

Madrid, Jul 30 (EFE).- Spanish Development Minister Ana Pastor on Tuesday requested permission to appear before an extraordinary session of the lower house of Parliament to brief lawmakers about her ministry's actions in the wake of this month's Santiago de Compostela train disaster. The ministry said in a statement that similar requests have been made by the presidents of two companies it oversees, Julio Gomez-Pomar of the Renfe state-owned railway company and Gonzalo Ferrer of Spanish railway operator Adif.

Spain mourns crash victims as train driver charged

Mourners gathered at a memorial service Monday for the 79 people killed in Spain's worst train disaster in decades, after the driver was charged with reckless homicide. The judge released the driver on bail, charged with 79 counts of reckless homicide, said the regional high court in Santiago de Compostela, the northwestern pilgrimage city where the train crashed on Wednesday. Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, 52, admitted to the judge that he had had a "lapse" of concentration while driving the train, Spanish media reported on Monday, citing court sources.

Spain mourns crash victims as train driver charged

Mourners gathered for a memorial service Monday for the 79 people killed in Spain's worst train disaster in decades, after the driver was charged with reckless homicide. The judge released the driver on bail, charged with 79 counts of reckless homicide, said the regional high court in Santiago de Compostela, the northwestern pilgrimage city where the crash occurred on Wednesday. Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, 52, admitted to the judge he had a "lapse" of concentration while driving the train, Spanish media reported on Monday, citing court sources.

Spanish judge to question driver of train in deadly crash

The driver of a train that hurtled off the rails killing 78 people in Spain is to appear before a judge for questioning Sunday, facing possible charges of reckless homicide. Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, 52, refused to answer police questions Friday from his hospital bed, and the case was passed to the courts. He was taken to a police station on Saturday after being discharged from hospital and will appear on Sunday before a judge who will decide whether to press formal charges.

Driver in Spain train crash held for 'reckless homicide'

The driver of a train that hurtled off the rails killing 78 people in Spain faced possible charges of "reckless homicide" as police on Saturday identified the last three victims of the country's worst rail disaster in decades. As Spain mourned, the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela where the crash occurred prepared a memorial service for the victims Monday in its cathedral, a destination for Catholic pilgrims from around the world.

Driver in Spain train crash held for 'reckless homicide'

The driver of a train that hurtled off the rails killing 78 people in Spain faced possible charges of "reckless homicide" as police on Saturday identified the last three victims of the country's worst rail disaster in decades. As Spain mourned, the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela where the crash occurred prepared a memorial service for the victims Monday in its cathedral, a destination for Catholic pilgrims from around the world.
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