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

(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.

Train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, seen here being helped from the scene of the crash, was among the 170 injured.
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)
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of the train derailment on July 24 2013.
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of the train derailment on July 24 2013.   (AP Photo/La Voz de Galicia/Monica Ferreiros)
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