Spanish Train Driver Francisco Garzon Charged with 79 Counts of Homicide


The driver of a Spanish high-speed train that derailed and killed 79 people was released pending trial on charges of reckless homicide, a judge ruled on Sunday (July 28) night.

Francisco Garzon, 52, the driver of the Spanish high-speed train that left the tracks and rolled over, has been under arrest since Thursday. Garzon is suspected of driving the train too fast while taking sharp curve on the outskirts of the northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela.

Francisco Garzon was released pending trial on charges of reckless homicide, a judge ruled on Sunday night.

The train crash in Santiago de Compostela at 8:41 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013 killed at least 79 people and injured about 94 people.

Video motion imaging from a security camera showed the train, with 247 people on board, crashing into a concrete wall as the train cars jack-knifed and the engine rolled over.

Examining Magistrate Luis Alaez formally charged Mr. Garzon with “79 counts of homicide and numerous offenses of bodily harm, all of them committed through professional recklessness (court statement)”

The 52-year-old train driver with 30 years of experience was driving. The eight-car train with 247 people on board left the tracks on a curve at 120 mph, but the speed limit on that curve was 80 mph.

Spain Train Crash: Moment Of Impact.

The number of people dead after a train derailed in one of Spain’s worst rail disasters has reportedly risen as high as 77.

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