Driver of Crashed Train: I Warned About That Curve
Recording: He calls bend 'inhuman' moments after crash killed 79 in Spain
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2013 2:42 AM CDT
Train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, seen here being helped from the scene of the crash, was among the 170 injured.   (AP Photo/La Voz de Galicia, Xoan Soler)

(Newser) – The driver who was speeding, distracted, and had received three warnings when his train derailed appears to blame a curve in the tracks for the deadly crash in a call made moments after the disaster. In a recording that has emerged in Spanish media, Francisco Jose Garzon describes the curve near the city of Santiago de Compostela as "inhuman" and says he had warned safety authorities about it previously, the BBC reports.

During the call, Garzon repeatedly says "poor passengers" and adds "I hope no one has died." He admits speeding, saying he "got distracted" and was meant to be going 80kph "but I was going at 190." Garzon has been charged with negligent homicide in the deaths of 79 passengers.

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LoginsSuck
Sep 6, 2013 12:13 PM CDT
Got distracted? You are in a freaking train going 190 instead of 80? Just what the hell could you see that distracted you at that speed that you couldn't tell you were going more than twice the speed limit? What did you suddenly become engrossed in the train controls or were mesmerized by the train interior that you see all day long? If you warned about the curve, then why the hell did you not take precautions against speeding and ensure you wouldn't become distracted at a very sensitive and highly dangerous curve you were so much aware of? Yeah blame the curve. It didn't make you stupid.
ChicagoScott
Sep 6, 2013 10:48 AM CDT
Has this curve ever caused an accident before? If not, how do all the other trains make it through such an "inhuman" curve?
No-Left-Turn
Sep 6, 2013 9:09 AM CDT
He probably didn't get the proper train-ing.