MADRID (AP) A Spanish court says “black box” data recorders show that a train driver was on the phone and traveling at 95 miles an hour, almost twice the speed limit, when the train derailed, killing 79 people.
Investigators say the train had been going as fast as 119 miles an hour shortly before the derailment and that the conductor activated the brakes “seconds before the crash.”
The court says he’d been talking by phone to an official of the national rail company when the crash happened, and apparently was consulting a document at the time. The conductor has been provisionally charged with negligent homicide.
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