Train driver accused of reckless manslaughter

Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, the driver of a train that derailed in Spain killing 78 people has been accused of reckless manslaughter.

Amo too was slightly hurt in Wednesday’s accident and was taken to a police station. According to reports, the train was travelling at more than double the speed limit at the time of the crash. Amo, who is suspected of driving too fast on a bend, has refused to answer questions.

Train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo evacuated by two men after the train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela. File Pic

At least 130 people were taken to hospital after the accident took place near the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela. Thirty-two people were seriously injured.

A judge is scheduled to interview Amo. “He has been detained for the alleged crimes of reckless manslaughter”, Mr Fernandez Diaz, the interior minister said.

“He may have been responsible for what happened, which must be established by a judge and the investigation.” The accident occurred on the express route between the capital, Madrid, and the port city of Ferrol on the Galician coast, with 218 passengers on board and four crew.

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