Press Esc to close
Wednesday 23 July 2014
News updated at 2:31 AM IST
Weather
Max: 28°C
Min : 21.3°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Driver of train in Spain crash had no idea where he was

Santiago de Compostela (Spain), July 30, 2013, (IANS/EFE):
A rail personnel worker checks the cabin of a derailed train following an accident in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. A Spanish court official said Monday July 29, 2013 that judicial police would soon begin extracting information from the

Francisco Jose Garzon, the driver of the high-speed train involved in a derailment that killed 79 people last week, told investigating Judge Luis Alaez that he lost track of his position and did not know where he was on the evening the accident occurred, sources told EFE.

Garzon, who has been charged with 79 counts of homicide and numerous other crimes, admitted that he was going at double the 80 kph speed limit on the curve in A Grandeira.
The driver told investigators that he "managed to" hit the brakes but it was too late.

Garzon acknowledged in his testimony Sunday that the accident was not caused by mechanical problems or the condition of the train, and he blamed "human error" for the deadly derailment.


The death toll rose to 79 Sunday, when an American woman passed away at a hospital.

Citizens of Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Italy, France, Algeria and the US were among those killed in the accident.

The high-speed passenger train went off the tracks Wednesday along the route linking Madrid and the Atlantic coastal city of Ferrol.

The train involved in the accident entered service in 2012 and can go up to 250 kph on international rail networks and 220 kph on the Spanish high-speed rail system.

The signals on the stretch where the accident occurred were operating properly at the time of the derailment and the train had been inspected earlier in the day Wednesday, Spanish railway operator Adif said.

The 52-year-old Garzon was released from the hospital Saturday after being treated for his injuries.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Telangana chief minister K.Chandrashekhar Rao presenting a letter of appointment...

Telangana chief minister K.Chandrashekhar Rao presenting a letter of appointment...

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture on sexual assault of a 6 year old girl...

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture on sexual assault of a 6 year old girl...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives Swami Vishvesha Tirtha of Pejawar Mutt, in New Delhi...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives Swami Vishvesha Tirtha of Pejawar Mutt, in New Delhi...

Mercedes Benz MD aand CEO Eberhard Kern at the launch of Mercedes CLA 45 AMG...

Mercedes Benz MD aand CEO Eberhard Kern at the launch of Mercedes CLA 45 AMG...

Children playing football in a waterlogged field after heavy rains at a village in Balurghat...

Children playing football in a waterlogged field after heavy rains at a village in Balurghat...

People enjoy a dip in temperatures at the Rajpath amid heavy shower in New Delhi...

People enjoy a dip in temperatures at the Rajpath amid heavy shower in New Delhi...

Abhishek Bachchan, owner of Pink Panther Kabaddi team, pose for a group photo...

Abhishek Bachchan, owner of Pink Panther Kabaddi team, pose for a group photo...

Women labourers cover themselves as rain showers lash at Ghatanji on the outskirts of Yavatmal...

Women labourers cover themselves as rain showers lash at Ghatanji on the outskirts of Yavatmal...

The Gaganachukki and Bharachukki Falls in full splendour following the of release of water...

The Gaganachukki and Bharachukki Falls in full splendour following the of release of water...

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Roger Moore addressing at the UNICEF and Commonwealth Games...

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Roger Moore addressing at the UNICEF and Commonwealth Games...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523