Train Driver in Spain Was on the Phone
Francisco Jose Garzon Amo was going twice the speed limit, say investigators
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2013 11:38 AM CDT
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of the train wreck in Spain.   (AP Photo/La Voz de Galicia/Monica Ferreiros)

(Newser) – If Francisco Jose Garzon Amo weren't the most reviled man in Spain already, today's latest revelation might cinch it: Investigators say the driver in last week's deadly accident was on the phone when his speeding train went off the rails, reports the BBC. At least it doesn't appear to be a personal call—he was talking to an official at rail company Renfe, reports AP. But he apparently was "consulting a paper document" instead of watching the tracks. He applied the brakes moments before the crash, but given that the train was traveling twice the speed limit at nearly 100mph, it wasn't enough. Garzon has been charged with negligent homicide.

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Jul 30, 2013 5:57 PM CDT
At least there's one good thing about this whole incident to laugh about. The driver:
Jul 30, 2013 3:51 PM CDT
The machinist said, that he thought that he was few miles away from this curve where crash occured. Maybe the phone conversation distracted him but why his other machinist didn't say anything to him, beats me.
Jul 30, 2013 2:56 PM CDT
I'm all for government-imposed satellite interference / block when in the driver's seat of anything. Period. F*ck your 'liberties' when it comes to this. Operating a deadly transportation unit that's bigger than your body at a rate faster than you can run? YOU CAN'T USE YOUR PHONE WITH YOUR EYES AND HANDS.