New Audio Reveals Spain Train Driver’s Call After Crash
OSCAR CORRAL/AFP/Getty Images(SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain) — A recording has emerged of Spanish train driver Francisco Jose Garzon moments after the train derailment disaster that killed 79 people in July.
The phone call recording, acquired by El Pais newspaper, reveals Gazron telling a colleague he was speeding, traveling at 190 kilometers per hour instead of 80 km/h.
The driver was trapped in the train’s cabin during the exchange and said, “there must be many injured,” and repeated “poor passengers.” Garzon made the call to activate the emergency protocol after the train crashed into a wall and derailed, according to the BBC.
The July 24 accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela is one of the worst rail accidents in Spanish history. In addition to those killed, 170 people were wounded.
Garzon admitted in the recording that he became distracted while driving and acknowledged the dangerous rail bend that led to the disaster. The train’s eight carriages veered off the tracks and collided with a concrete wall.
Both the railway firm Renfe and Garzon are on trial for the incident. The driver is under court supervision and charged with “79 counts of homicide and numerous offences of bodily harm commited through professional recklessness,” according to the BBC.
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