Driver of deadly Spain train crash faces probe
Published: 25 Jul 2013 at 11.49Online news: World
One of the drivers of a Spanish train that hurtled off the rails at high speed, killing at least 80 passengers in the nation’s worst such disaster in decades, was to be grilled by police, a regional court said Thursday.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (R) and Galicia’s regional President Alberto Nunez Feijoo (2nd R) visit the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela on July 25, 2013.
The driver, lightly injured, “would be questioned by police in hospital where he has been placed under surveillance,” the High Court in Galicia said in a statement, adding that no arrest has been ordered at this stage.
The questioning, initially expected on Thursday, had not taken place by the end of the day, according to a police source, meaning it could occur on Friday.
State railway company Renfe said it was too early to determine the cause of the tragedy but several media outlets said the train was going at twice the speed limit when it crashed near the northwestern town of Santiago de Compostela late Wednesday