Spanish Train Driver Charged With Homicide
Death of 2nd American brings death toll to 79
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2013 1:07 AM CDT
Train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo is helped away from the crash site in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.    (AP Photo/La Voz de Galicia/Xoan Soler)

(Newser) – As Sunday church services were held throughout Spain in memory of the country's worst train crash in decades, the driver involved was formally charged with homicide. Francisco Jose Garzon Amo—who had previously boasted about speeding—is accused of 79 counts of homicide committed through "professional recklessness," Reuters reports. The 52-year-old was released without bail and ordered to turn in his passport. His train driving license has also been revoked.

Investigators believe the train—which was fully inspected the morning of the crash—was doing 120mph, more than double the speed limit, when it crashed at a curve. Around 70 passengers are still in the hospital and the death toll hit 79 yesterday with the death of a Houston woman who is the second American passenger to die. The 58-year-old and her husband, who was slightly injured, were visiting Spain after attending their daughter's wedding in Rome, reports the New York Daily News.

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Aug 2, 2013 12:41 PM CDT
Punishing the driver ruins one more family , the driver can't bring any of the dead back, has definitely enough guilt for the rest of his life, and if anything is to be said, only preventive measures have any point in life, punitive is plain revenge.
Jul 29, 2013 9:11 AM CDT
What do ANY of these comments have to do with the story?
Jul 29, 2013 7:39 AM CDT
It should be impossible for a driver to cause this and it is inconceivable to me that the technology does not exist. The occurrence was supposedly on video this morning (I changed location so I could provide this link)